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News Release
May 30, 2007

SUBJECT:   Free summer distance learning workshops help museums, libraries, historical societies and communities save Nebraska's treasures.


Want to learn more about saving your family and community treasures? Staff and volunteers of museums, historical organizations, and libraries in Nebraska, and members of the general public will have the opportunity to participate in free training on caring for collections this summer. Four distance learning workshops on preventive conservation will be offered as part of the "Saving Nebraska's Treasures: Preventive Conservation for Families, Museums, and Libraries" project. The workshops will be delivered via satellite uplinks to numerous locations around the state.

Three of the workshops will be presented by conservators from the Nebraska State Historical Society's Ford Conservation Center. Dates and workshop topics include:

June 14    Preserving Your Collections:  Textiles, Leather, Feather, Hide, Bone, and other Organic Materials

July 12    Preserving Your Collections:  Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Stone, and other Inorganic Materials

August 16    Preserving Your Collections:  Paper, Photographs, Books and other Paper-based Objects

September 11    A fourth workshop organized by the Nebraska Library Commission with presenters from UN-L will focus on care of materials destined to be digitized for the commission's Nebraska Memories website.

Each workshop is scheduled to run from 10-3, CDT. Workshops will originate from the distance learning facility at NET, 1800 N 33rd Street in Lincoln. Individuals are welcome to participate on-site. But staff, volunteers, and interested members of the generalpublic are also encouraged to participate at distance learning locations around the state. Most of the receivers for this satellite uplink are in community colleges, public schools, and county extension offices. This will be a one-way video link, but conservators will be able to accept phone and electronic mail questions from workshop participants. The workshops will also be offered as streaming video on the NET website.

Individuals interested in participating in the workshops at distance learning sites should register at their earliest convenience so the nearest place to connect to the workshop can be determined.

To take advantage of this significant and no-cost training opportunity, please contact the Nebraska State Historical Society and indicate the workshops in which workshops you'd like to participate. Call 402-471-3272 for more information and to register.

The workshops are part of a larger project that will include broadcast of a one-hour program on NET, "SavingNebraska's Treasures," that is slated for broadcast July 26 on the statewide on NET network. A website with preliminaryinformation about preservation of family and community collections will be launched at the same time. After workshops are completed, an expanded website will provide access to practical suggestions people can use to improve the long-term condition of objects that are important to Nebraska's families and communities.

The distance learning workshops are part of a partnership between the Nebraska State Historical Society, NET, and theNebraska Library Commission with funding provided in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Partnership for a Nation of Learners program.

For general information:

Lynne Ireland
Chief Education and Research Officer
Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street
PO Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501
402.471.4758 (v)
402.471-3100 (f)

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