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Salts of the Earth: Conservation of Historic Masonry Impacted by Salts and Rising Damp
A Symposium of the Louisiana Museum Foundation

A Symposium of the Louisiana Museum Foundation

February 19, 2016

New Orleans, LA

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MJL SymposiumRegister - 3rd PartyThe Louisiana Museum Foundation, the Louisiana State Museum, NCPTT and researchers involved in this pilot project at Madame John’s Legacy are hosting a symposium on February 19, 2016, at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans.

This symposium will explore issues related to conserving buildings that are subject to soluble salts and rising damp. Morning sessions will provide an overview of materials and concepts, including brick manufacture and composition, moisture transport in buildings, and salts and desalination techniques. Afternoon sessions will discuss conservation and archaeological efforts at Madame John’s Legacy and a pilot project to remediate the effects of salts and rising damp. The symposium will close with a panel discussion on opportunities for interpretation of conservation projects at historic sites, followed by a post-symposium tour of Madame John’s Legacy.

The symposium is free to the public, but registration is required. Please visit madamejohnslegacy.wordpress.com for more information.


Speakers include:

Frank G. Matero, University of Pennsylvania
Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA, PP, Watson & Henry Associates
Eric Doehne, Ph.D., Conservation Sciences, Inc.
Dorothy S. Krotzer, Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
Michael Shoriak, Cypress Building Conservation
Marlene Goeke, Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
D. Ryan Gray, Ph.D., University of New Orleans
John Magill, Retired Curator/Historian, The Historic New Orleans Collection


This symposium was developed under a grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, a unit of the National Park Service. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the National Park Service or the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

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