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“Protecting Cultural Collections” Workshops in New Mexico

The workshops, entitled “Protecting Cultural Collections,” help participants create simple disaster plans for their institutional collections – whether they are housed in libraries, museums, archives, clerk of court offices, etc. The free workshops are sponsored by WESTPAS – the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service and will be held in New Mexico in May.  Registration is now open for the New Mexico workshops. Everyone working to preserve the state’s historical records and cultural property is welcome to attend.


WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness,

Response and Recovery  — A Two-Part Workshop —

Part 1:  ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness

(2.5 hours of archived webinars)

Part 2:  IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery

(one day of hands-on training)

Free PPC Workshops         Register Online Today for the Closest Location

Holbrook, AZ:  Monday 15 May 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Navajo County Historical Society

Gallup, NM:  Wednesday 17 May 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Gallup Cultural Center, Old Train Station

Las Cruces, NM:  Wednesday 17 May 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.,New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Theater (same day as above, but with different instructor, Gary Menges; when registering, be sure to click on Las Cruces)

Albuquerque, NM:  Friday 19 May 2017 – 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.,  UNM Library

Clovis, NM:  Monday 22 May 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library

Roswell, NM:  Wednesday 24 May 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Roswell Museum & Art Center

Carlsbad, NM:  Friday 26 May 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Carlsbad Public Library

Alamosa, CO:  Thursday 17 August 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Adams State University

Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived On-Line Webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor.

Registration is required. (this URL opens the WESTPAS calendar: please advance to May, select the closest location, and register by clicking the correct date).

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) as a part of Utah Archives Month, in collaboration with University of Idaho Library, Idaho State Archives, College of Southern Idaho Herrett Center for Arts & Science, Idaho State University Eli M. Oboler Library, and The Museum of Idaho.

WESTPAS Instructor: Randy Silverman, Head of Preservation, Univ. of Utah.

Outcomes:  The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend:  Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost:    No charge to the institution. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration:     Pre-registration required. Register online for an IN-PERSON session at: (Advance the calendar to May, select the closest location, and register by clicking the correct date).

For registration assistance contact: Wendy Cao,

For general & content information contact Randy Silverman         801-585-6782

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