Article Written by Kris Colby, the 2016 Preservation Destination Fellowship recipient.
On September 19, 2016 I attended the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium’s annual Preservation Destination after having recently joined the Board of Directors. I was the winner of the $100 fellowship for traveling over 100 miles to attend. My position as County Recorder of Winnebago County here in Iowa gave me an interest in this wonderful group and their mission:” to initiate, encourage, and enhance preservation and conservation activities in and among all Iowa repositories and institutions whose collections include a variety of materials such as audio-visuals, microforms, paper-based, and electronically-stored information for the benefit of present and future generations.”
The Preservation Destination was so interesting! Our first stop was the Paramount Theater which was beautiful. We learned about all the refurbishing that took place after the flood of 2008 and the steps taken for preparedness next time around. The 2nd stop was the African American Museum of Iowa. We visited the back room to see how things are preserved and worked on to provide the best setting for display or preservation. Both the Paramount and the African American Museum have made provisions for future flooding by raising things to higher storage spaces and have moveable racks for clothing items. The chairs in the Paramount are removable as well. Ironically a week after our tour the museums were featured in the Des Moines Register since downtown Cedar Rapids was experiencing flood waters again. After a relaxing lunch downtown we visited the Iowa Masonic Library which holds many books in its 3 story library, some of which are the only available copies in the United States. The curved conference room was a highlight as well, with its beautiful stained glass windows. Our final stop was the Brucemore mansion. It was interesting to step back in time to the era of the 1920’s and 30’s and imagine what life must have been like among the beautiful woodwork and charm of the estate. Brucemore is working to preserve it back to the way it was during the Douglas era; around the 1920’s to 30’s. We had wonderful people explaining each site and giving the history or how everything was being preserved. If you get the chance to attend one of these events, I would highly recommend it!
During a disaster, time is critical but help is a phone call away. IMALERT Hotline 319-384-3673.
Beginning July 1, 2016, the Iowa Museums, Archives, and Libraries Emergency Response Team (IMALERT) will provide a hotline service to cultural institutions experiencing an emergency or disaster. The IMALERT Hotline can connect staff with the information and expertise needed to respond to, and recover from any level of incident from a leaking pipe to a major flood.
IMALERT will coordinate with first responders, state and local agencies, and vendors to provide disaster assistance to affected institutions and their collections. Through the team’s vast experience in conservation, preservation and emergency response and recovery, help is available to:
– assess damage to collection materials
– make recommendations for recovery
– assist with decision making on drying out buildings
– demonstrate salvage techniques and/or help organize the initial salvage operation
The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) is offering one fellowships for members to attend Preservation Destination. This annual event is offered free of charge to ICPC members. Fellowship recipients will receive up to $100 to reimburse travel and accommodation costs.
The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium’s mission is to initiate, encourage, and enhance preservation and conservation activities in and among all Iowa repositories and institutions whose collections include a variety of materials such as audio-visuals, microforms, paper-based, and electronically-stored information for the benefit of present and future generations.
ICPC member (individual or institutional)
Iowa resident who works or volunteers in a museum, historical society, library, archive, genealogical library, government record office, or other institution that preserves the history and culture of Iowa OR student at an Iowa college or university in a relevant discipline (history, museum studies, library science, archival studies, anthropology, etc.) interested in pursuing a career in the aforementioned profession(s)
Live at least 100 miles from the site of the event.
Never before received this fellowship.
Fellowship recipients are required to complete a report of Preservation Destination, to be published on the ICPC website.
Please direct questions and send your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium
C/O University of Iowa University Libraries
100 Main Library
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Download and print this immediate response checklist poster. This poster was created in 2009 by the Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board for Archives Month. We think it is so useful that we wanted to make it available here.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to develop a statewide plan to help the stewards of cultural property plan for the protection and recovery of collections in the event of emergencies. Please click on here to fill out a brief survey.