Preservation Destination – Pella

Preservation Destination – Pella

 There’s still time to register!

August 4 – 9:30 – 4

9:30 – 10:30 Global Pavilion

10:45 – 11:45 Geisler Library Archives


1:15 – 2:15 Pella Opera House

2:30 – 4   Historical Village

 Still room for more so come!

Sponsored by ICPC

Free for members of ICPC

Can join on August 4. See rates at website

Please reserve by contacting:

Donna Hoeksema

Please leave a contact phone number.

ICPC Preservation Destination Fellowship Opportunity


ICPC Preservation Destination Fellowship

The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) is offering two 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.

Download an application form to mail in


Apply Online Here

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 attended Preservation Destination

 Final Project

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

Contact Information

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

Donna Hoeksema
5709 Hwy T38 South
Lynnville, IA 50153

Download an application form to mail in


Apply Online Here


SAVE THE DATE: Preservation Destination in Pella on Monday, August 4, 2014

The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) has planned a varied and free day of learning and seeing firsthand about preservation for its members. If you aren’t a member yet but would like to attend, you may join on or before August 4. Join online at

Sign Up for the Preservation  Destination!

Email Donna Hoeksema at . Please use Preservation Destination in the subject line and include your name, email address, institutional affiliation, position, and phone number.

We will see preservation efforts done by a private business, a private college, and local historical associations. Our tours will cover care of objects, paper and books, cloth items, music, architecture, genealogy, and the tallest working windmill in the U.S. There are 4 major stops (a possible nominal fee for one museum). Invite your friends!

9:30-10:30 Global Pavilion – Vermeer Corporation. 2110 Vermeer Road East, Pella

This is a museum owned and maintained by a private company. There are a variety of display ideas from the lobby to the main museum. A 15 minute video explains about the history of the company and the scope of its operations.

10:45 – 11:45 Central College’s Geisler Library. 812 University St, Pella

We will have a brief overall tour and have opportunity to see their Archives. They have special donations of a miniature book collection, the richest collection of Romanian music outside of Romania, and the history of the town and college that is also useful for genealogical research.

12-1 Time off for lunch – Windmill Café 709 Franklin St. and other options

1:15-2:15 Pella Opera House.   611 Franklin St., Pella

There is quite a history to the Opera House and an interesting story to the architectural restoration of the Opera House to what it is today. We will receive a demonstration of a theater organ as well.

2:30 – 4 Historical Village. 507 Franklin St., Pella – 22 buildings

The Historical Village features a childhood Wyatt Earp home, wooden shoe shop, 124 foot high working grain windmill that can be toured, the Scholte House, and many other buildings as part of the museum.

Save time to shop before leaving Pella at the Dutch bakeries, meat markets, and many other specialty shops.

******For those who would like to spend the night beforehand in Pella to shorten up the driving hours on Monday, there are 8 rooms held for our group at the Royal Amsterdam Hotel at $84 a night.  Call soon to make your reservation! This rate is only held until July 3. 641-620-8400 or toll free 877-954-8400

Download an Application for Collections Emergency Response Training

The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium
Collections Emergency Response Training

This training is funded by a grant from the Historic Resource Development Fund. There is no fee to participants. Participants will be provided with hotel lodging and reimbursement for transportation.

Please complete the Application Form and return to Nancy E Kraft no later than July 1, 2014. More details on application form.

Download Application Form here.

Registration Now Open for ICPC SOS (Save Our Stuff) Conference 2014




Scheduled Topics, Speakers, and Events include:

Thursday June 5: Pre-conference Events
Digitizing Local Collections 1-4PM, Registration opens at 12:30
UI Main Library Conference Room 2032
Bethany Davis, Digital Coordinating and Processing Librarian, UI Libraries
Digitizing your local collections can be an excellent way to increase access and promote engagement. In this workshop Bethany Davis will instruct participants in current best practices, planning and workflows for digitization and preservation of local collections. There will also be a guided tour of our new Conservation Lab and collections digitization spaces. (Limited to 20 participants, FILLED)

Opening Reception at Pentacrest Museums 4:30-6PM
UI’s Pentacrest Museums: Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History will be hosting with hors d’vouers, an open house, and gallery tours. (Open to Thursday and Friday participants)

Friday June 6: Sessions and Workshops
9AM-4:30 PM, Registration opens at 8:30
UI Main Library Conference Room 2032

Keynote Speaker – John F. Doershuk, Ph. D., State Archeologist
Recent archaeological finds on the University of Iowa campus resulting from “unanticipated discoveries” during construction of flood recovery projects will be discussed with an emphasis on explaining the regulatory context within which the finds occurred and what we’ve learned about the archaeology of Iowa City.

Book Repair (double session) Susan Hansen, Head of Book Repair with Elizabeth Stone, Student Conservation Specialist, Conservation Unit. In this hands-on, double length session, participants will learn to perform a reback on a book with a torn cloth spine. Steps will include replacing the damaged spine with new cloth and adding back the original title piece. Tools and books will be provided. (Limited to 10 participants-FILLED)

Making Custom Exhibition Supports, Brenna Campbell, Assistant Conservator & Bill Voss, Conservation Technician, Conservation Unit. They will demonstrate how to display books for an exhibition. They will demonstrate construction of a custom fitted polyester sheet cradle and non-damaging methods of securing an opened book to the mount with polyethylene straps.

Taxidermy Care and Cleaning, Cindy Opitz, Collections Manager, UI Museum of Natural History. Learn how to care for and clean taxidermy animal specimens. Session includes demonstrations and hands on activities.

Mold: Recognizing and Responding to Mold Incidents in Your Collection, Nancy E Kraft, Head of Preservation & Conservation, UI Libraries, will discuss lessons learned while coping with several mold outbreaks on the job and training at the Campbell Center in Mt Carroll, Illinois.

Manuscript Cleaning and Repair, Candida Pagan, Student Conservation Specialist with Mary Sullivan, Conservation Unit. This demonstration will cover dry cleaning materials and techniques, media testing, adhesive preparation, and basic mending of manuscript materials. The session will be supplemented with hands-on work with dry-cleaning materials.

Thinking Inside the Box: Exquisite and Make-Do Housing for Archival Material, Kären Mason, Curator & Janet Weaver, Asst. Curator, Iowa Women’s Archives. From those pesky crumbling scrapbooks to unusually-shaped artifacts, housing archival materials can be tricky. Even repositories with professional conservators on staff don’t have the resources to give every item or collection kid-glove treatment. What’s a curator to do? Join the curators in the reading room of the Iowa Women’s Archives, where you’ll see examples of exquisite enclosures made in the Conservation Lab alongside simple solutions devised by archives staff.

Optional Tours at 3:30:
John Martin Rare Book Room – Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at 600 Newton Road in Iowa City

Office of the State Archeologist – Clinton Street Building at 700 South Clinton St. in Iowa City

Museum of Natural History Collections Tour- 17 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City (Limit 10)

For further information contact Lucy David
Phone: (319) 338-0514

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Lucy David in advance at 319-338-0514



Save the date! ICPC’s S.O.S. (Save Our Stuff!) Annual Conference June 5&6, 2014

ICPC’s S.O.S. (Save Our Stuff!) Annual Conference

At The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Thursday June 5:  Pre-conference Events – 1-4pm

Digitizing Local Collections:  Special afternoon workshop, limited to 20 participants so register early.

Reception at the Pentacrest Museums:  4:30 – 6pm

Friday June 6:  SOS Sessions and Workshops

Opening Speaker – Office of the State Archaeologist

Making Custom Exhibition Supports

Book Repair (double session, limited to 10 participants)

Mold:  Recognizing and Responding to Mold Incidents in Your Collection

Taxidermy Care and Cleaning (limited registration)

Manuscript Cleaning and Repair

Thinking Inside the Box:  Exquisite and Make-Do Housing for Archival Material

Optional Tours:

Office of the State Archaeologist
- John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for Health Sciences
- Museum of Natural History Collections Tour

Detailed descriptions and a downloadable registration form will will be posted soon.
Thursday Digitization Workshop, $30 ICPC members, $40 non-members

Friday:  $50 ICPC members, $60 non-members

Hotel information:


Heartland Inn – 319-351-8132

87 2nd Avenue

Coralville – near Old Chicago

Special Rate – $78

10 rooms held until May 29

Shuttle available that leaves 20 past each hour, returns 10 til each hour; can arrange to drop people at the Library and pick up at the end of the day.  The do have a left luggage area if needed.

Hampton Inn – 319-339-8000

4 Sturgis Corner and Riverside Drive

Iowa City

Rooms – 1 King

$109 (University Rate)

10 rooms held until May 1

Iowa House – 319-335-3513

2 blocks from UI Library in IMU Building

Rooms – 2 doubles or 1 queen

$85 not renovated (from 10-12 years ago or earlier)

$110-125 – renovated last summer

10 (5 in each category) rooms held until May 1

Marriott Hotel and Conference Center – (800) 228-9290

Iowa River Landing


$139 (Special Rate)

Held until May 15

Preservation Destination 2013–DeSoto Wildlife Refuge/Bertrand Museum

We are so glad for those who came, enjoyed and learned from our Preservation Destination 2013 in western Iowa and Omaha.  Attendees came from as far away as Sioux Center, Sioux City, and eastern Iowa (Cedar Rapids and Tama).  Be sure to plan for next year’s event!

Stop 4 – DeSoto Wildlife Refuge/Bertrand Museum

Missouri Valley is the home of the DeSoto Wildlife Refuge/Bertrand Museum in the western part of Iowa.  This institution has a two-fold focus.  It is a wetland home for many wildlife, some permanent and some migratory.  With the mild climate years, there has been a large increase in migratory birds choosing to stay all winter.  There is access to viewing at a distance with scopes making this a popular spot.

Dean Knudsen, curator of the Bertrand Museum, was our host.  He started with a powerpoint presentation showing us the origins of the Steamboat Bertrand find which sunk in 1865 and was discovered in 1968, and housed in this museum since 1981.  After the discovery, objects were prioritized to be restored, some of the metal artifacts in part by the Gerald R Ford Conservation Center which we had just toured this morning.

We then fast forward to rescuing the Civil War era artifacts again, this time from the 2011 flood.  In a massive volunteer effort organized by the experts all of the museum’s contents were removed before the flood hit its peak.  Now began the process of documenting every piece to improve records while they had this opportunity.  Finally in 2013 the archaeological discoveries have been returned to their home at the museum.

Like any museum not every piece they own is visible but some are in storage.  What is unique is that most of their storage is visible in crates and storage cabinets behind the displayed pieces.  It is an intriguing and effective way to display what there is.  It also keeps the visitors coming so they can see what new thing has been featured since last time.

Preservation Destination 2013–Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center

We are so glad for those who came, enjoyed and learned from our Preservation Destination 2013 in western Iowa and Omaha.  Attendees came from as far away as Sioux Center, Sioux City, and eastern Iowa (Cedar Rapids and Tama).  Be sure to plan for next year’s event!

Stop 3 – Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center

Omaha is the home of the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center.  It is a regional conservation facility that is part of the Nebraska State Historical Society.  As a regional facility it offers its services to all surrounding states and even farther away than that.

You must make an appointment to enter the Conservation Center.  Near the entrance are very interesting displays in an adjoining room of President Gerald R. Ford throughout his political career and his earlier years.  He was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

So what does a conservator do?

 We were hosted by the two conservators, Kenneth Bé and Deborah Long, and saw some of their work and some of the assistants at work.   They examine and treat objects, assess and survey collections, perform educational activities, consult on collection care (on and off display), and conservation.  Emergency preparedness is another aspect they assist with.

We saw:

Kenneth Bé is the painting conservator.  He has many projects going at a time.   The pieces we saw were being cleaned, tears repaired and painting retouched, and much more.  Some are of famous artists, while some are more locally known.  He creates his own paints and had an example of an under-drawing.

Deborah Long is the objects conservator.  They had gold frames, art work being cleaned of smoke damage, leather work, sculpture, and many others being worked on.  The conservatory includes instructions for proper care to keep the item in shape when items are returned to their owners.  She discourages dust cloths but instead recommends the brushes shown in the picture with a vacuum sucking up the dust.

Deborah Long also showed us the paper conservator room.  At present this position is not filled but they have a humidification table that can help relax folds or curves even from fabric.  It also has been a wonderful way to remove stains while preventing the wicking out to the surface.  Instead the stain is pulled straight down.  She also shared with us the idea and source of a microchamber box which absorb the off-gas of acidic materials.  Although these are more expensive storage containers, they can be seen as an insurance as these have been shown to work for many years.

Humidification table
Humidification table

ICPC is an organization seeking to initiate, encourage, and enhance preservation and conservation activities by providing basic education and training.