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After the Storm: Wet Recovery

For your historic home, photographs, and collectibles

March 24, 2016

Natchitoches, LA

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Wet collections, New Orleans. Photo by Mary Striegel

Wet collections, New Orleans.

Register for FreeSTOP! Don’t throw away those wet things! Come to NCPTT’s free wet recovery workshop and learn how to deal with them.

In light of the March 2016 historic floods in Louisiana and other parts of the South, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, The Cane River Creole National Historical Park,  and the Friends of NCPTT will hold a FREE day-long workshop, After the Storm: wet recovery for your historic home, photographs, and collectibles, on Thursday March 24, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
Lee H. Nelson Hall
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
318-356-7444 phone

The workshop is geared for homeowners and caretakers of historic homes. It will cover topics such as reentry after the flood waters recede, health and safety issues, dealing with wet building materials, drying out your building, caring for textiles, papers, photographs, books, and more. Hands-on demonstrations will be included. The workshop is free but is limited to 30 participants. Register online for this free workshop or call 318-356-7444.


Schedule and Topics:
9:00 AM Welcome
9:15 AM Health and Safety Issues
9:45 AM Priorities and Triage
10:15 AM Flooding and Building Materials, Hazards and more
11:30 AM Water and Textiles
12:00 PM Lunch on your own
1:00 PM Paper, Books, and Photographs
2:30 PM Hands-on Demonstrations
3:45 PM Wrap Up

Instructors include:

Jason W. Church, is a Materials Conservator with the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). Church coordinates and works to further develop the Center’s national cemetery training initiative and related research. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Dustin Fuqua is the Chief of Resource Management at Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches Parish, LA.  Trained as an anthropologist, Dustin is well-experienced in collections management and conservation treatment of local archives and museum objects.  Dustin led the disaster management and response efforts following the fire that destroyed the Bayou Folk Museum’s Kate Chopin House in 2008, and has previously instructed NCPTT emergency preparedness workshops.

Sarah M. Jackson is an Architectural Conservator with the NCPTT. She  holds M.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work focuses on  the preservation of historic structures and ways to use them in today’s society. She is one of NCPTT’s leaders in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery and author of “Resilient Heritage: Protecting Your Historic Home from Natural Disasters.”

Karen L. Pavelka is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin, and teaches preventive conservation, collections care, disaster response and hands-on treatment. Previously she was head of the Paper Conservation Laboratory at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.  She has worked in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Argentina, Spain and the People’s Republic of China.  She has been actively involved with the American Institute for Conservation, including two terms as Education Director.

Mary F. Striegel is a senior researcher and Chief of Materials Research with NCPTT. She oversees national preservation research and leads in training development for new preservation technologies. She has practiced conservation science for 20 years, including a stint at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles.

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March 24, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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(318) 356-7444


Lee H. Nelson Hall
645 University Pkwy., Natchitoches, LA 71457 United States
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(318) 356-7444
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119