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Carnegie Museum of Natural History Hosts 2011 Preservation Fair

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History hosts the 2011 Preservation Fair: Preserving Family Treasures, on October 22, 2011, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

More than 30 conservators and vendors of conservation supplies and services will be on hand to answer questions, give demonstrations, and share information about preservation and conservation. No appraisals or valuations will be provided. The 2011 Preservation Fair is free with museum admission and is a collaborative project of Carnegie Museum of Natural History and University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences.

Informal talks are scheduled throughout the day. Among the featured speakers is Rick Sebak, an award-winning producer for WQED Multimedia whose documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the charms of Pittsburgh. Family activities include paper- and printmaking. Be sure to stop by the book dunk demonstration (see schedule below) to learn how to salvage water-damaged materials.

Visitors to the fair are encouraged to bring one small item to show the conservators. Basic advice on storage and handling are provided on the spot. Visitors with more complex conservation challenges may connect with an array of conservators who can explore projects in more detail later and help determine courses of action.

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