Illinois Collections Preservation Network offers free workshops

Institutions around Illinois collect and care for tens of millions of objects that record the history, material culture, and natural history of the state.  Many are at risk of damage from a variety of sources including fires and natural disasters.  The Illinois Collections Preservation Network (ICPN) was established in 2010 to ensure the long-term preservation of museum, library, and archival collections in Illinois that document cultural and natural heritage for the education and enrichment of future generations.

Upcoming events:
In an effort to provide a broad program of education and training in preservation, the ICPN is pleased to offer the following workshops.

When Water Emergencies Strike Your Collections:  Response Training & Workshop

A free one day workshop designed to give an introduction to preparing for and responding to water emergencies in museum and library collections.  Development of a disaster plan will be discussed and salvage techniques will be demonstrated.  Book, paper and object conservators will present hands on demonstrations and attendees will participate in a mini-salvage exercise.
This workshop will be repeated on the dates listed below.  All workshops are free and include lunch; each workshop will run from 9am-3:30pm.

March 27, 2012 McLafferty Annex, SIU-C, Carbondale
April 18, 2012  Douglas County Museum, Tuscola
May 10, 2012 Western Illinois Museum, Macomb
June 11, 2012 Naper Settlement, Naperville
July 9, 2012 Freeport Art Museum, Freeport

To join the ICPN and sign up for a workshop, contact Bronwyn Eves, Project Manager, at  Membership is free.  You will be added to the member list and will be immediately eligible to participate in member events. 

Other member benefits include attending webinars on preservation topics, attending a burn recovery workshop hosted by U of I Fire Service Institute, and borrowing environmental assessment kits to monitor temperature and humidity in collections areas.  ICPN members are also eligible for scholarships for courses at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies.

Please visit the ICPN website at for more information on the network and the benefits of membership.

The ICPN is made possible by IMLS’ Connecting to Collections initiative.