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FREE Protecting Cultural Collections Workshops in Seattle!

09 Sep 2013 10:19 AM | Emily Dominick (Administrator)

Protecting Cultural Collections:

Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Part 1: Prevention & Preparedness

Seattle: Friday, October 4, 2013, – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Part 2: Response & Recovery

Seattle: Thursday, November 7, 2013, – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS).

Co-sponosred by the Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN).


Gary Menges is retired Preservation Administrator at the University of Washington Libraries, Seattle. He is amember of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC CERT).


The “Protecting Cultural Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness


  *  Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2

  *  Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively

  *  Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections

  *  Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency

  *  Experience salvage procedures for a wide variety of material including books, documents, photos & objects


The workshop days are scheduled 5 weeks apart. Participants will prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions, they will undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster plan at the end of Part 2.

Who should attend:    Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop's disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost:    No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration:     Pre-registration required. Register online at: WESTPAS workshops (Go to October 4th and click on the date.)

For registration assistance contact: Alexandra Gingerich

For general & content information contact: Gary Menges

Additional iInformation about the workshops will be sent to the registrants before each workshop.


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