SOS (Save Our Stuff) Conference

2018 SOS will be in Marshalltown, Iowa

Friday, June 8th

2017 SOS registration-brochure

Friday June 9, 2017:  8:30am – 3:00pm


We would like to let all attendees know that parking will be limited  and carpooling when possible is encouraged.

Amana Community Church Museum 4210 V St, Homestead, IA 52236

Join us for a day of learning and networking with folks who share your interest in preservation! Registration includes lunch and morning snacks.

Keynote Presentation:
Brucemore’s Grant Wood Sleeping Porch: More than a Porch, More than a Painter Jessica Peel-Austin, Manager of Interpretation and Collections, Brucemore

In 2013, Brucemore began the process of conserving and re-interpreting its 1925 Grant Wood sleeping porch. This session 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.

Presentations Include:

Iowa HRDP Grants for Museum & Documentary Collections Leo Landis, Museum Curator, State Historical Museum

Volunteering in Libraries: Kenya 2016 Donna Hoeksema, Grinnell College Libraries

Care of Scrapbooks Onnica Marquez, Archivist, St Ambrose University Library

Flood Recovery Update Joan McCalmant, Linn County Recorder

Textile Storage 101 Suzanne Lesar, Iowa State University Research Associate

Amana Heritage Society & Tours Jon Childers, Museum Director

Amana Heritage Society Amana Printing History Gary Frost, Conservator Emeritus, UI Libraries



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