Save the Date for S.O.S. (Save Our Stuff!)

Save the Date!

ICPC S.O.S. (Save Our Stuff!) June 9, 2017 in Homestead, IA

We have a great lineup planned for this year’s conference, including our keynote speaker, Jessica Peel-Austin. Jessica, Manager of Interpretation and Collections at Brucemore, who will be presenting “Brucemore’s Grant Wood Sleeping Porch: More than a Porch, More than a Painter.” In 2013, Brucemore began the process of conserving and re-interpreting its 1925 Grant Wood sleeping porch. Jessica’s presentation will follow the journey that Brucemore staff made – taking the porch from a fragile state at risk of loss to a stable, vivid example of the early work of Iowa’s most famous artist that illustrates how one family’s love of the arts helped a community to develop.

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2017 SOS-flyer for download

2017 ICPC Scholarship Applications

The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) is offering two $500 reimbursement scholarships to the International Center for Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois, Northern States Conservation Center on-line classes,  the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis, or Museum Study on-line classes.

Eligibility Requirements
• Applicants must Iowa residents or college students who are working in a museum, historical society, library, archive, genealogical society library, government record office or other institution that preserves the history and culture of Iowa.

• Applicants must be an individual member of the ICPC or from an organization that has an institutional membership with ICPC.

• The recipient must demonstrate that the class taken will be utilized within Iowa.

• The winner is expected to provide either a report or a presentation at an ICPC event.

Download PDF application available through link
2017 Scholarship for ICPC Members

Applications are due March 15. Send application and all attachments in an e-mail to ICPC board member Elizabeth Stone at with the subject heading “ICPC scholarship application”.

Please send questions to


2017 Call for S.O.S. Presentations

Call for Presentations
Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium

Save Our Stuff (SOS), the Annual Conference and Meeting of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) will be held on June 9, 2017, at Amana Colonies’ Amana Community Church, in Homestead, IA.

Preserving and conserving Iowa’s cultural heritage is a pillar in the missions of many institutions around the state. ICPC’s Save Our Stuff conference focuses on strategies and practices that meet the preservation needs of Iowa’s cultural institutions. Proposals are now being accepted for sessions for the 2017 ICPC Conference and Annual Meeting. Topics should directly address issues of preservation and conservation of cultural materials including, but not limited to, books, manuscripts, ephemera, and artifacts. Presentations ought to be applicable to institutions with various staff sizes and budgets.

Speakers may propose sessions in the following formats:

  •  Full sessions – 50 minutes in length. If you are proposing a roundtable or panel presentation, please include names and titles of all participants.
  • Half Session – 20 minute presentation as a joint session on a common topic.

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail with the subject heading “2017 SOS Proposal” to the ICPC Administrative Assistant at:

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. Proposals accepted for sessions will be notified in April. Speakers are requested to donate their time, expertise, and travel. Lunch is provided for speakers, but those wishing to attend conference sessions other than their own must register.

Preservation Destination Cedar Rapids 2016

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



Save the Date! Preservation Destination Cedar Rapids



Monday, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Possible Sunday afternoon event as well on Sept. 18



African American Museum,

Iowa Masonic Library

And more to come!

Free to ICPC members. Others welcome to join ICPC that day or before.

Approx. time frame is 9 – 3:30 on Monday.

Only cost will be your lunch, travel, and lodging if desired.

If you are traveling over 100 miles to come, you could be the recipient of the

ICPC Fellowship for $100.

So many reasons to come, learn, and enjoy!

ICPC Preservation Destination Fellowship Opportunity

ICPC Preservation Destination Fellowship 


Applications are due September 12th!

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.

About ICPC

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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.

 Final Project

Fellowship recipients are required to complete a report of Preservation Destination, to be published on the ICPC website.

Contact Information

Please direct questions and send your completed application to or mail to:

Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium
C/O University of Iowa University Libraries
100 Main Library
Iowa City, Iowa 52242


Initiate, encourage & enhance preservation practices for Iowa archives & collections