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General Meeting: Care and Preservation of Treasures Worn or Owned by Your Ancestors

This Month’s Meeting will be available to Members via Zoom only

Meeting Date: September 17th, 6:30 Mountain Time

Meeting Description:

The presentation will cover the care and preservation of artifacts and family heirlooms.  The focus will be on textile collections such as quilts, embroideries, historic garments, flags, etc.  The presentation will include recommendations for storage, display, maintenance (such as cleaning), and when to call a conservator.  Examples of conservation treatment and a definition of art conservation will be covered.  

Presenter:

Marina Hays

      Marina Hays

Marina Hays is a fashion and textile conservator, historian, and archivist. She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Textile Conservation at the Denver Art Museum, where she cares for a large and varied collection of objects ranging from archaeological textiles to contemporary fiber art. Before coming to Denver, she spent three years working in the conservation lab of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, focusing on the conservation of fashionable dress. She received her MA in Fashion and Textile Studies with a concentration in Conservation from the Fashion Institute of Technology and completed graduate internships at the Textile Conservation Lab at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York and The Valentine in Richmond, Virginia. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University. Marina is a member of the American Institute for Conservation, the Western Association of Art Conservators, and the International Council of Museums’ Committee for Conservation.

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