JULY 22, 1998

What is mold?  What is mildew?  Under what conditions will it flourish and what happens to the substrate?  Is it toxic?  Can the visual damage to the substrate be rectified?  Dr. Robert Blanchette, professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota, will review the life cycle and function of microorganisms on organic materials, especially wood, paper, and cellulosic textiles.  Lt. Col. Ted Hatfield, Chief of the Microbiology Division of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology will discuss the dangers of these microorganisms and the likelihood of illness for conservators and collection managers.  Dr. Robert Koestler from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adjunct professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, will explain the nature of microorganisms on inorganic materials like stone and frescoes.  His research interests include the inadvertent use of consolidants to enhance growth rates of microorganisms.

Who Should Attend:  This one day course is designed for conservators and collection managers of media susceptible to attack by microorganisms: paper, textiles, wood, ethnographic objects, paintings, frescoes, and stone.  Because the course is planned to inform conservators of the nature and hazard to objects and people in intimate contact with mold and mildew, it may be helpful to conservation scientists, appraisers, insurance adjusters, health and safety officers.


Course Fee:          $125.00 per person
Enrollment:          50 participants
Time:                     Wednesday, July 22, 1998 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
                              Second session (#C98-16), if subscription indicates: Thursday, July 23, 1998 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Deadline:                June 1, 1998 or as filled
Location:                Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, Museum Support Center
For Information:    Mary Ballard 301-238-3700 x145
                                Francine Lewis 301-238-3700 x102
To apply:                 Please fill out course registration form.