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Subject: Archives Week 2003 in Washington, DC
From: James Cassedy <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 8 Oct 2003 17:53:42 -0400
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The National Archives Assembly and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) DC Caucus Celebrate Archives Week (October 12-18, 2003)
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Archives Week is an annual, week-long observance of the importance of archival and historical records to our lives. Archivists hold special events and activities during the week of the Columbus Day Holiday each year to increase public awareness of the relevance of archives to modern life. 

In celebration of Archives Week 2003 (October 12-18), the National Archives Assembly and the District of Columbia Caucus of MARAC invite all to "Discover the Cultures Within Archives."  Local events and presentations include:

 October 14, Tuesday, 9:45 a.m. in Room 105, AI, Lecture and Rotunda Tour

"Protecting Cultural Symbols: Conservation Challenges in Restoring the National Archives Rotunda Murals"
 
Painting conservator David Olin will report on his treatment of two monumental mural paintings by Barry Faulkner. These large paintings on canvas, commissioned for the National Archives Rotunda in the 1930's, had become distorted by bulges of the crumbling plaster behind the canvas. 

Olin will discuss the logistics of removing these paintings safely from the deteriorating plaster substrate onto immense rollers, transporting the rolled paintings to a special studio designed for their conservation, the conservation treatment and the reinstallation in the Rotunda. The talk will be illustrated with slides taken throughout this once in a lifetime project. A question and answer session will follow the half-hour presentation. 

Senior Conservator Kitty Nicholson who served as technical representative for the project will provide background on the murals paintings, and lead a tour in the Rotunda to see the restored paintings after the talk. 

Directions: Take the Green Line or Yellow Line Metro to the Archives - Navy Memorial stop and exit onto the Navy Memorial Plaza.  The National Archives Building is across the street at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

For further information about this Archives Week event, please contact Jennie Guilbaud at (301) 837-1777 or via electronic mail at [log in to unmask]  

 October 15, Wednesday, Smithsonian Institution's Ripley Center

"Archives Fair 2003"

Fair from Noon - 5 p.m. with a Special Lecture at 2:30 p.m.

Please join the District of Columbia Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) for the 6th Annual D.C. Metropolitan Area Archives Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institution's Ripley Center.

 The Archives Fair will feature exhibits on local, national and world history and will showcase 25 DC regional archival collections. Directions: Take an Orange or Blue Metro train to the Smithsonian Stop and exit onto the Mall. The entrance to the Ripley Center is between the Smithsonian Castle and the Freer Gallery. 

At 2:30 there will be a lecture in the Ripley Center Lecture Hall titled "Assignment: Baghdad." Doris A. Hamburg, Director, Preservation Programs (NWT), and Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Director of the NARA Document Conservation Laboratory, recently returned from Baghdad, Iraq. They were on an assignment to review archival materials documenting the Iraqi Jewish community through the centuries.  

Ms. Hamburg and Ms. Ritzenthaler will give an illustrated account of their adventures in Baghdad, as well as a discussion of the condition of the archival materials and the preservation strategies being developed to secure the future of this important collection.

Directions: Take the Orange Line or Blue Line Metro to the Smithsonian stop and exit onto the Mall. The entrance to the Ripley Center is between the Smithsonian Castle and the Freer Gallery and will lead you to the underground complex. 

For information please contact Kristine Kaske at [log in to unmask] or telephone at 202-633-2330.






 

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