Save Our Stuff (SOS), the Annual Conference and Meeting of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) will be held on June 3, 2016, at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
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 2016 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:
1. Full sessions – 50 minutes in length. If you are proposing a roundtable or panel presentation, please include names and titles of all participants.
2. Half Session – 20 minute presentation as a joint session on a common topic.
Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to Cody Gieselman, ICPC Administrative Assistant at: email@example.com. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2016. 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.
The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to the Board of Directors of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC), a non-profit organization whose 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.
PRESERVATION DESTINATION DAVENPORT
OCTOBER 18-19, 2015
The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) would like to invite you to a free event planned for all of its members, Preservation Destination in Davenport on October 18 and October 19! We will be touring and seeing firsthand four locations in the Davenport area where preservation is done on a daily basis. Rare behind the scenes tours will be available on October 18 and October 19. Participants are encouraged to attend one or both of the days.
If you are not a member, you can join ahead and then be eligible for a potential Fellowship of $100 to help cover transportation and housing costs. You also can join on the day of Preservation Destination.
Please view the attachments above to find out more – details of what you might anticipate seeing at our host sites, hotel options, other things to do in the area, and an application for $100 to help with travel and accommodations.
Sunday Oct. 18
3:00 to 5:00 pm – Putnam Museum and Science Center
Monday Oct. 19
9:00 to 10:30 am – Davenport Public Library: Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
This year, our annual meeting and conference is being held in Des Moines at the State Historical Building. More information about the conference, our great lineup of speakers, and registration forms (both online and downloadable) are available here. Don’t miss it!
Thanks to all of those who helped organize, publicize, host, and make our Preservation Destination in Pella on August 4, 2014 a success. Four different locations inspired us to see how other institutions run their businesses and preserve history. Members of ICPC attended from Sioux City to eastern Iowa, and we learned about a wide range of architecture and museum display types, genealogy sources, and aspects of archives. We hope even more members plan on coming in fall of 2015 at a new location!
Our first stop of Preservation Destination 2014 was at the Global Pavilion of Vermeer Corporation. This is a training center with classrooms, an auditorium, and the Vermeer Museum. What makes this museum unique is that it is privately owned. The heritage of the community was stressed as this company remains extremely community minded. It started with the simple beginnings of the old work bench area and first major invention to gain attention, the mechanical wagon hoist.
The company is now over 70 years old that has diversified in agricultural, construction, and environmental products that are sold all over the world. Videos near stations are available to see the machinery in action. The auditorium is accommodating for groups to be seated and learn from a video how Vermeer is always “in search of a better way” with its innovations. We even were offered hot chocolate or coffee, a free book about the company and its history, and the gift shop was open.
For those who would like a tour of part of the mile long factory complex this is possible also. However, you must contact them a full day in advance and specify which part of the construction you are most interested in seeing. The Global Pavilion holds interest for all ages.
Our second stop was the Geisler Library of Central College. Our gracious hosts were Beth McMahon, Director of the Geisler Library, and Kyle Winward, Technical Services Librarian. We were particularly interested in how archives can work in a private college. We were given a tour of their archives which is rich in genealogy resources as they have many of the papers of the founder of Pella. Student interns in the history department partnering with the librarians have been active in some oral history research as well, enhancing the purpose of documenting the history of Central College.
We saw a small portion of an extensive miniature book collection donated by Helen Van Dyke in 1996. She had some 2,000 books in her collection begun only in 1975. Her collection ranges from 1844-1996 in age. A classic miniature book is 3 in. x 3 in. and can be read by the naked eye. We learned some preservation tips from both Beth and Kyle that were good take aways for those who attended. In particular it was interesting that archives aren’t there just to collect but for educational value as well, as faculty and students can learn about the art of bookmaking, creative writing, history and literature, and the genre of miniature books through this resource.
Another feature of the archives that will continue to grow is a collection of Romanian music, mostly in scores. It is named in honor of the famous composer George Enescu. There are plans for future additions of various Romanian composers. This again can be used by the music department in particular.
We were all able to step back in time to learn what an opera house was and how the Pella Opera House has been restored. It has a very active history and Present! The architecture was fascinating. Executive Director Kevin McQuade was our tour guide and informed us of many interesting features, stories, and dedication of the town to this beautiful theatre. Thanks to active sponsors a full slate of programs are available including local talent, concerts, professional touring groups, some Central College productions, and free periodic films.
The Pella Opera House has the characteristic Great Hall or community hall on the first floor that is a main feature of all opera houses. Between the glamorous start and now, the building has been the home of many businesses and even for lodging. It once housed a repair garage and even a meat market to name a couple businesses. Now it has been restored meaning it is not exactly as it was but as close as possible with many useful additions (elevators, bathrooms, more visibility from the balcony than originally …). In that process the opera house also gained the Mighty Barton – Iowa’s best restored theatre organ which has a restoration story of its own. The organ and its very interesting pipes were demonstrated for us.
Tours are available for other groups and many excellent programs could be enjoyed if you want to try out the Pella Opera House on your own.
Our last stop at this year’s Preservation Destination in Pella was the Pella Historical Village. Located just blocks from the square, the complex includes several historic buildings and homes. Highlights included lots of beautiful Delftware, and exhibit on Tulip Time, the boyhood home of Wyatt Earp, and an exquisite miniature village depicting life in 19th century Holland. After a self-guided visit through the village, we went on a guided tour of the Vermeer Mill, the tallest working windmill in the country. We learned about the construction of the mill (The parts were built in Holland, shipped to Iowa, and assembled in Pella at the Historical Village in 2002) and how the mill uses only wind power to create flour from wheat. It was a great end to a fun and informative day!
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.
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 attended Preservation Destination
Fellowship recipients are required to complete a review of Preservation Destination, to be published on the ICPC website.
Please direct questions and send your completed application to Hoeksema@grinnell.edu or mail to:
5709 Hwy T38 South
Lynnville, IA 50153