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Last weekend, the IU Preservation Department welcomed the MRCG Symposium 2012 attendees for a tour of our labs. This year’s symposium was held in Bloomington on the IU campus. Staff from the IU Art Museum, Mathers Museum, Libraries Preservation and Lilly Library all helped with the organization and hosting.

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The weekend began with a lively reception at Lilly Library provided by kind support from Friends of Lilly Library, with a “Treasures of the Lilly” talk by Jim Canary (Special Collections Conservator, Lilly Library).

Saturday’s schedule included nine speakers and tours of the IU Art Museum conservation lab and collections storage (for more information on the individual speakers and subjects, please visit the MRCG website).

The day’s events ended with a tour of the IU Auxiliary Library Facility and the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Labs. Doug Sanders, Paper Conservator, and Rebecca Shindel, Paper Conservation Technician, spent time explaining the mission of the General Collections and Paper Conservation subunits and some of our current projects. Doug even drove the tour bus to the site! Saturday evening finished with a lovely reception at a private residence.

Sunday concluded the conference with three more talks, including discussion of a local midwesterner’s experience with the March 2012 tornadoes and how conservators can assist in the recovery efforts. This talk highlighted the continued need for the presence of the Midwest Regional Conservation Guild and provided a thoughtful ending to the Symposium.

Photographs by Rebecca Shindel
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