Artifact Conservation Volunteer Workshop at Fort Union


Fort Union is offering a second professional workshop on the conservation of archeological metals. Artifact conservation is the fine art of helping damaged antiques last for centuries and perhaps regain a more youthful appearance!

Are you a hands-on antiques enthusiast? Fort Union Trading Post is looking for trustworthy volunteers with steady hands and an interest in preserving history. The museum collection at Fort Union contains many archeological artifacts in need of basic care and cleaning.

The workshop is free of charge. The instructor is Nicole Grabow, Objects Conservator at the Midwest Arts Conservation Center in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Grabow has treated ancient Roman vessels, Pre-Colombian gold, Plains Indian beadwork and many other precious museum artifacts.

Participants will work on metal artifacts such as gun and trap parts, tools and hardware excavated from the original Fort Union Trading Post. You will learn skills you can apply to your own personal collection of metal memories.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15 from 1:00pm through 5:30pm and Wednesday through Friday, October 16-19, 2012, 9:00am through 5:30pm.

Sessions will cover the principles of conservation, assessment of artifact condition, safe cleaning methods, making repairs, and preservation coatings.

The workshop is limited to 8 participants. To sign up, contact Audrey Barnhart, Fort Union Curator, 701-572-1029 ex. 212.


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