Historic House Museums: A Practical Handbook for Their Care, by Sherry Butcher-Younghans

By Sherry Butcher-Younghans

Old residence museums are available in approximately each urban within the usa and Canada. those are the houses of the earliest settlers, statesmen, frontiersmen, nice writers, artists, architects, and commercial magnates. those are the areas, rigorously kept and preserved, that symbolize a cultural background. regardless of their acceptance, it is common to discover museums which are in bad fix, their collections ignored and their staffs grossly overworked. Many are run via well-meaning and hard-working volunteers who've very little specialist education. frequently they continue to exist on shoestring budgets and may be able to current in simple terms restricted courses. Serving either as a hands-on advisor and reference, this e-book examines those difficulties, providing useful recommendation and recommendations which might be simply carried out. Its helpful "lessons" contain governance, the place to discover support, care of collections, conservation, safety, and interpretation--all designed to extend the professionalism of the historical condominium museum.

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The Furniture Conservation Division and the Upholstery Conservation Division provide a full range of services, including Conserving traditional finishes. Performing gilding. Identifying fiber content, pigment, and wood. Reupholstery: partial or complete traditional reupholstery and noninterventive (stabilizing fabrics without adding or removing anything) upholstery treatments. Performing nonabrasive cleaning and repair of hardware. Creating suitable finishes where inappropriate finishes are present.

CAP is a one-time award granted on a firstcome, first-served basis. COLLECTIONS CARE INFORMATION SERVICE The Collections Care Information Service (CCIS) provides bibliographic references on preventive conservation and collections care to callers who use its toll-free number. The CCIS database contains more than 1,600 entries and citations. Callers receive an overview of the topic in which they are interested, bibliographic citations, and information on how to obtain publications pertaining to the subject.

American Assocsiation of Museum, 1984), p. 75. 47 4 Collections: The Essence of the Museum In planning for the growth of its collections, we urge each museum to set, clear, rational and appropriate goals for the contribution it can make to the stewardship of our cultural and natural heritage. It is important that every museum collect both carefully and purposefully. Each museum must exercise care by collecting within its capacity to house and preserve the objects, artifacts and specimens in its stewardship; each must collect purposefully by continuing its own traditions of quality and diversity.

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