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Exhibitsmith HQ

I thought you might be interested to have a little “behind the scenes” look into Exhibitsmith HQ. You’ve already seen some of the more exciting action shots here, but I thought I’d give you a little tour of my “home office.” Notice how the quotations are in boldface–in actuality, a large part of my “office” … Continue reading

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Archival Products at Archival Products

I recently had the opportunity to tour the offices at Archival Products, a local archival supply company. Per their website: Archival Products presents elegant solutions for preservation for colleges and universities, museums, historical societies, art and music libraries, medical schools and government offices as well as for the private conservator. The offices and warehouse were … Continue reading

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An Adorable* Museum

One of the most exciting things about being a museum consultant is getting the opportunity to visit with museums of all sizes and with all different kinds of collections. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Eagle Grove Museum, which is housed in an adorable, 1903 Carnegie Library. The Museum has been mostly closed … Continue reading

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Remember This: DDCC

Today I want to spend a minute talking about artifact preservation in general. Basic-level artifact preservation can be summed up into four letters: DDCC What’s DDCC, you ask? Well, I made it up. DDCC stands for: Dark, Dry, Cool, & Constant. When you’re getting ready to store–or display–your items (whether they’re heirlooms, museum artifacts or … Continue reading

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Hangers

Do any of you remember the scene from Mommy Dearest, where Joan Crawford throws a fit because she finds a wire hanger in her daughter’s closet? No? Here’s a little something to jog your memory: While I promise not to “have a cow” like Joan in the film, I do want to stress the importance … Continue reading

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Friendly Friday: Preservation

Can you believe it’s already time for another Friendly Friday? This week, I wanted to introduce you to Iowa State University’s Preservation Department. Located about 30 miles north of Des Moines in Ames, Iowa, the Preservation Department “was established in 1991 and currently includes three functional units: Preservation Services, Digital Initiatives, and Conservation.   The … Continue reading

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How To: Books

Speaking of Such a Book Nerd (Friday’s “Friendly Friday” Blog), I’m happy to say that today I am Such a Book Nerd’s guest blogger! Jamie asked me to write a little about book preservation for her readers. I hope they find the information useful–and I hope you do too. Click above to read my guest … Continue reading

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