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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release June 1, 2010

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Conservation and preservation conference set for Thursday

12th annual S.O.S. Save Our Stuff! program focuses on caring for collections

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Building welcomes the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium Thursday for its 12th annual S.O.S. Save Our Stuff! Conference.

The event is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines and focuses on caring for collections, including conservation of books and paper-based materials, collections registration, exhibition mountmaking, wet book recovery, digitizing collections, writing grant proposals, and the State Historical Museum’s Battle Flag Laboratory and a tour of the Iowa Genealogical Society.

Program highlights include a keynote address by Gerald Ward, senior conservator, Etherington Conservation Services-Midwest, and wet book recovery with Susan Hansen, University of Iowa book repair supervisor.

Librarians, archivists, museum workers, conservators, genealogists, county recorders, city clerks, historical society volunteers and others interested in conservation and preservation are encouraged to participate. Registration is $50 for ICPC members and $65 for non-members.

For more information, contact Nancy E. Kraft at 319-335-5286 or nancy-e-kraft@uiowa.edu, or Lucy David at 319-338-0514 or lucy-david@uiowa.edu.

Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) is a membership organization seeking to initiate, encourage, and enhance preservation and conservation activities by providing basic preservation education and training.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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