Samuel Adams’s Mother Was a Fifield

Back in the early aughts, I was a Collection Care Specialist in Textiles and Fashion Arts (TFA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I was working on a National Endowment for the Arts grant to photograph and perform condition … Continue reading

Great Collection Care Webinars at no cost!

Under the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, the Connecting to Collection Care (C2CC) resource continues to build on the great work Heritage Preservation began, with the support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services. These webinars really get to … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Take My Emergency Preparedness Course at MuseumStudy.com Starting Jan. 4

I’m bringing my experience in building robust emergency management programs for cultural institutions to MuseumStudy.com in January. It’s a web-based course that will partner with later sessions on Collection Risk Assessment by Rob Waller and Disaster Salvage and Recovery by Susan Duhl. … Continue reading

Do Something Good for the Country on Black Friday: Don’t Shop Walmart

I don’t shop Walmart any day. I’m asking you not to shop it today. In 1995, I started a personal boycott against Walmart that lasts until this day. If you revere small town America, then cut back on spending at … Continue reading

Set Your Shift Sleeves in the Wrong Way? A Runaway Advertisement

Ever get that lovely hand-stitched shift near completion, and then realize: “Crap. I put the shift sleeves in the wrong way.” Out comes the seam ripper and it feels like your best-looking stitches ever are screaming as the blade slices … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday – I Hate Amtrak E-Vouchers!

I believe in rail travel. It’s the best way to go from point to point along the East Coast.  It happens on a human scale, as compared to the slots into which you are plugged in airplanes. And while the … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday – By the Side of the Road

To sleep in your car – completely American? Or not normal? I was listening to Here’s the Thing, Alec Baldwin’s excellent radio program. I’m not much of a culture vulture for a New York City resident. I live here for … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Developing Staff Resources for Managing Collections

My colleague and friend Rob Waller of Protect Heritage Corp. recently sent me a book he collaborated on in 1996, Developing Staff Resources for Managing Collections. It examines institutional responsibilities to protect its collections through development of staff and how … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Tucson

The end of March found my mom and I in southern Arizona. My great uncle Mr. B has a cattle ranch outside of Tucson, where he set up business in 1952 (read a post about the nearby historic site The … Continue reading