Conservation of DIA’s Gracehoper by Tony Smith

The Detroit Institute of Arts is conserving the large-scale outdoor sculpture Gracehoper by artist Tony Smith. In collaboration with the Tony Smith Estate, paint specialists and outdoor sculpture conservation specialists, the conservation team developed a plan that honors the artist’s vision while using innovative advancements in paint technology. The treatment is scheduled to begin July 15, 2013 and estimated to take two months. Visitors can watch the conservation process in action at the viewing station off Kirby Street. The museum will be posting periodic updates about the project on the DIA’s Gracehoper webpage at: Those interested can tweet questions to the DIA’s conservation team (@DIAconservation #gracehoper) or follow the progress of the project on Facebook:

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Mackinac Art Contest

The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s juried art exhibition: “People of Mackinac.”

Highlighting the array of individuals that make Mackinac Island a unique destination, the theme is not strictly portraits, but broadened to include any work of art combining “Mackinac” and “people.” The independently juried exhibition will feature over two-dozen pieces of selected art in a variety of mediums from May through October 2013. Submissions are being accepted until April 1.

For more information, and an entry form, please see the website:,1,10,746,865

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Book Treatment and Conservation Labs

December 11-12, 2012

Hosted by Jennifer Hain Teper and Eric Alstrom
Sponsored by the American Library Association, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services division

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, sessions begin and end at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

Planning for and managing in-house conservation treatment and book repair involves many considerations.

Setting up a program involves huge tasks including designing and constructing laboratory or treatment space, training and hiring skilled staff, and purchasing supplies. Ongoing management of programs must constantly balance the needs of the library with available options and cost.

The discussion will involve the current management of library conservation or book repair programs and their role and practices in modern libraries. We invite participation from those with active programs or those considering programs to participate with questions, ideas, and experiences.

This e-forum is in conjunction with the recent publication of “Planning and Constructing Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories: A Guidebook

Topics include:

· planning for conservation
· selection for treatment
· treatment options, both in-house and outsourced
· considerations in the design of an in-house conservation lab
· staff training

Jennifer Hain Teper is Head of Preservation and Conservation, University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MSLIS and CAS in the conservation of library and archive materials in 2000. She oversaw the construction of the University of Illinois’ hybrid conservation lab, which opened in 2006. Since that time she has fielded numerous calls and visits from others looking to design or renovate a conservation lab.

Eric Alstrom is Head of Conservation at the Wallace Conservation Laboratory at the Michigan State University Libraries. He received his MILS from the University of Michigan, where he also apprenticed in conservation under James Craven at the Bentley Historical Library. Previously he has been the conservator at Ohio University and Dartmouth College. At all three institutions, he has designed new or renovated existing conservation labs; he is currently settling into his new conservation lab, the second he has designed for MSU.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at:

*To register:*
Instructions for registration are available at: Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

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Fort Gratiot Light Station

A watershed moment occurred in August 2010, when ownership of the Fort Gratiot Light Station transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to St. Clair County. With that transaction St. Clair County became stewards of five acres of lakefront land and six historic buildings, including the Tower, built in 1829, the oldest light in Michigan.

This collection is the repository of Great Lakes history going back to the Northwest Territory days, and its value to the region is just beginning to be understood. The Port Huron Museum and the County Parks Commission have formed a collaboration to rehabilitate and restore the resources, and welcome the public to understand the threads of history revealed there.

There is already a perceptible economic impact: event participation, gift shop sales, increased restaurant revenue. However, the longest-lasting effect is the change in the vocabulary used to describe the community’s waterfront. Lake Huron and the St. Clair River have always been compelling; now the additional value of the historic resources expands that story. It is the story of Michigan, the Great Lake State.

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Megan Callewaert Joins the MACCH Board

The Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage welcomes Megan Callewaert as the newest member of the Board of Directors! Megan has been the Collections Manager and Registrar at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House since July 2005. She received a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Oakland University and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from George Washington University.  Before coming to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Megan was a Museum Technician and Preparator with the Detroit Institute of Arts. Welcome, Megan!

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Aaron Collie Joins MACCH Board

The Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage welcomes Aaron Collie as the newest member of the Board of Directors! Aaron received his M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois (2010) and completed a specialization in the emerging area of research data curation. His recent research and interests include developing policies and systems that support the curation of information throughout its lifecycle of scholarly interest. He currently works as the Digital Curation Librarian at Michigan State University, with a quarter-time appointment in Special Collections and Preservation.

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MACCH Sponsors Emergency Preparedness Planning Workshop

Emergency Preparedness Planning for Museums
Thursday, August 4
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

This program is presented by the Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (MAACH) in association with MMA.

Collecting institutions have a responsibility to preserve their collections for future generations, yet man-made or natural disasters can place staff and collections at risk. Floods, leaks, power outages, chemical spills, bomb threats or suspicious objects, pest infestations, mold, theft or fire can damage collections.  The effective management of emergency situations can prevent them from becoming disasters.  Advanced planning can enable institutions of any size or budget to identify risks and mitigate potential damage to collections.
Topics to be covered include:
  • Disaster planning
  • Risk assessment
  • Critical incident response plan
  • Emergency protocols
  • Response team preparedness
  • Evaluating and mitigating risks
  • Prioritizing collections recovery
  • Case study
There will be some hands-on and facilitated breakout sessions, such as filling out a risk assessment, creating a preparedness plan outline based on your institution, using the Emergency Response wheel to discuss responses for different types of collections and a mock disaster role-playing exercise (time permitting).
Cost is $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Members — You must log in before registering to get the member price.
If you wish to register multiple people from the same institution, please use this form and mail or fax to MMA (instructions on form).
Cost includes light breakfast, boxed lunch and a Heritage Preservation Emergency Response and Salvage wheel.
Presenters include Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator of Special Projects, Detroit Institute of Arts; Katie Nelson, Collections Manager, Kingman Museum; and Josephine Shea, Curator, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.
NOTE: We must have a minimum of 12 registrations.  If we receive less than 12, those who registered and paid will receive a full refund.
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Support the DIA’s Gracehoper Sculpture

The Detroit Institute of ArtsFriends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA) will be hosting an evening on Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. dedicated to artists working with science, and ideas that demonstrate connections between art and technology as fundraising eventin support of the conservation treatment of the DIA’s monumental sculpture Gracehoper, installed on the museum’s north lawn. The event will be held at NextEnergy, a non-profit organization that advances alternative-energy technologies, located in Wayne State University’s TechTown, off Woodward south of Grand Boulevard. For tickets and more information about the event please contact Tarya Stanford at 313-833-4020.

SYNC: Art Meets Technology

Thursday, June 23, 2011

6:30 pm

NextEnergy, 461 Burroughs, Detroit

$ event

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American Hertage Preservation Grants Awarded in Michigan

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today 54 awards totaling $152,112 for American Heritage Preservation grants.  IMLS received 146 applications requesting $412,952 in funds.

“We are proud to be partners with the Bank of America Foundation in making these awards. American Heritage Preservation Grants enrich communities’ sense of place and identity,” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director. “These projects help libraries and museums care for collections that tell powerful stories about life in the U.S.”

Congratulation to Central Michigan University Museum of Cultural and Natural History, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, and the Orion Township Public Library! A full description of the winning projects can be found here.

For more information about this grant including program guidelines and contacts, please visit

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Free Walk-in Preservation Clinic!

University of Michigan Library, Sunday, May 15, 12:30-4:30 pm

Walk-in Clinic Talk to the Experts! Bring us your torn, tattered, scratched, and generally mistreated books, papers, maps, photographs, sound recordings, and digital photos and files. We’ll help you figure out how to repair, copy, store, display, and care for your treasures. This is your chance for one-on-one consultations with University of Michigan Library experts. Find out how to preserve your digital files and photos! Bring your questions. Bring your stuff.  Bring a friend.

University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100 (use Diag entrance) 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI. Public parking is available in the structure at 650 S. Forest, just south of S. University. Free and open to the public!

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