Long Live Our Treasures: The Science of Conservation and Preservation
Meet leading conservators and researchers from 17 area
organizations and learn how museums preserve their most precious artifacts—mummies,
paintings, photographs, films and animal specimens. Learn how you can preserve
your own personal treasures.
Price: $6 advance / $5 educator/ $12 day of
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
SpeakersCarmen VendelinCarmen Vendelin is an art historian and Curator of Art at the La Salle University Art Museum. Her area of specialization is 19th and 20th century European and American art with additional interests extending to Asian art, ancient world art, and issues of gender and sexuality in art. In addition to curating exhibitions, she manages the permanent collection and has overseen a Heritage Preservation ReCAP (Conservation Assessment Program) and several collection-level conservation surveys at La Salle.
Event featuring Carmen Vendelin:Dr. David SilvermanDr. David Silverman is the Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator-in-Charge of the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum. He has held positions at the Oriental Institute of University of Chicago, the Field Museum of Chicago, and he was visiting Willcombe Professor in Fine Arts at Harvard University as well as a visiting Professor at the Sorbonne, in Paris. He has curated several international exhibitions, including Tutankhamun, the Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. Dr. Silverman directed fieldwork projects throughout Egypt at sites such as Giza, Bersheh, Thebes, Kom el Hisn, and Saqqara. Dr. Silverman has lectured widely and has appeared on televised networks such as: Discovery, The Learning Channel, and The History Channel. In late 2011, he was also a guest on the Stephen Colbert Show.
Event featuring David Silverman:Janet MongeJanet Monge is the Curator-in-Charge of the Physical Anthropology Section in the Penn Museum and Adjunct Associate Professor in Anthropology. The Museum collection is extensive and includes both historic and archaeological skeletal collections with all skeletons 3D digitized using computed tomography. Her research interests include human evolution, human skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, and life history/paleodemography. In addition, she offers research experiences in applied anthropology within forensic science and museum studies (emphasizing NAGPRA) and teaches classes in all of these topical areas. She is Director of the Museum’s Fossil Casting Program that produces over 3000 bones representing all phases of human and primate evolution - fossil casts and human skeletal materials form the core of all of her classes and are integrated into all aspects of graduate student education.Events featuring Janet Monge:John LaurinoJohn Laurino is a native of West Philadelphia with a lifelong passion for ships and the sea. After Graduating from St. John's College with a BA in Philosophy and the History of Math and Science, he returned to the area in 2005 and joined the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild where he worked aboard the Barkentine Gazela and Tug Jupiter. In 2008, he joined the Independence Seaport Museum as the Assistant Manager of Historic Ships. His duties include preservation work aboard the Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna.
Event featuring John Laurino:Virgilia Rawnsley (Jill)Jill Rawnsley is a private preservation consultant, located in Philadelphia. She previously was Director of Preservation Services at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, PA. She currently is consulting at the Philadelphia City Archives. She recently completed course work for an Advanced Certificate in Information Studies and Technology with a concentration in Archives at Drexel University.
Event featuring Virgilia Rawnsley:
PartnersThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityThe Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityFounded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a world-class natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Visitors can explore four floors of exhibits, meet real scientists, strool through a tropical garden with live butterflies, and get face-to-face with a towering T. rex. ansp.org.Free Library of PhiladelphiaFree Library of PhiladelphiaIn 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered as "a general library which shall be free to all." Since its establishment, the Free Library has grown to become a city-wide system that includes 49 branches, the Parkway Central Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and three regional libraries. The Free Library offers one of the country's most extensive collections as well as a series of educational programs, including adult education classes, author events, career services, after-school programs, and the Philadelphia Book Festival. With more than 6 million visits a year and 25 million Web hits a month, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in the city.Independence Seaport MuseumIndependence Seaport MuseumIndependence Seaport Museum maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, combining more than 25,000 artifacts with hands-on exhibits and large-scale models. In addition to exhibits, the Museum has a traditional wooden boat shop, the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library and a concert hall with sound stage quality acoustics. The Museum also includes two National Historic Landmark ships—the Spanish-American War Cruiser, Olympia, and the World War II Submarine Becuna. Located at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing Waterfront, the museum is open year round. Visit www.phillyseaport.org for more information.Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) founded in 1887, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2012. With its extensive research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, Penn Museum is an internationally renowned institution dedicated to the exploration, study, and understanding of human history and cultural diversity. Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 research expeditions around the world and has collected nearly one million objects. Galleries feature materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central America, Asia, and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With educational programming for children, families and adults,Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaThe College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaThe College of Physicians of Philadelphia was founded in 1787 by a group of physicians inspired by a mission to create better physicians to better serve the public. A non-profit, educational, and cultural institution, the College of Physicians strives to promote health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine. It is a prominent and historical Philadelphia institution, and it is also the nation’s oldest medical society. The College of Physicians continues to honor the mission of its founders by improving the health of the public through service, education, and health advocacy.Bartram's GardenBartram's GardenBartram’s Garden, located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, sparks curiosity, encourages lifelong learning, and inspires audiences of all ages to care for the natural world. The Garden and Bartram House are National Historic Landmarks operated by the John Bartram Association in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.University of DelawareUniversity of DelawareThe University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our founding as a small private academy in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today.John James Audubon Center at Mill GroveLaSalle Art MuseumFairmount Park Historic Preservation TrustBarnes FoundationArt Conservators AllianceThe Conservation Center for Art & Historic ArtifactsThe Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is the largest nonprofit conservation laboratory serving other nonprofit cultural, educational, and research institutions, as well as private individuals and organizations, in the United States. Founded in 1977, CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art and historic artifacts on paper, photographs, and books, as well as works on parchment and papyrus, and provides state-of-the-art digital imaging services. CCAHA’s conservation and preservation services staff develop and present educational programs; conduct preservation assessments; provide assistance with preservation planning for exhibitions; and develop emergency preparedness plans. Additionally, its development department provides fundraising and grant writing support to nonprofit institutions seeking assistance for preservation and conservation projects.