CHAPMAN CENTER CONSERVES A COLLECTION

Saturday morning, March 30, five interns and former interns met to clean, organize, and preserve the photos, documents, and artifacts collected from Max Miller’s cabin last fall. In a bequest to Beach Museum of Art, Mr. Miller left an extraordinary personal collection of memorabilia, historic photos, personal photographs, and artifacts from his long life. Chapman Center participated in the initial sorting at the cabin; we worked to preserve a smaller collection on Saturday.

We were so fortunate to have the guidance of Allana Saenger, Curator of Design at Riley County Historical Society and one of the first Chapman interns back in 2008. Allana went on to complete a master’s degree at KU in Museum Studies.

Thanks to all who participated in our Max Miller Clinic. We think Max would have liked what we did. And we found plenty to appreciate about him — especially his sense of humor about national and cultural events!

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Here Allana instructs intern Grant Peters in cleaning china plates.

We learned how to clean a variety of old materials (including possibly live bullets from World War II)!  Here Janet Adam works on an old cloth book cover with a Q-tip.

We learned how to clean a variety of old materials (including possibly live bullets from World War II)! Here Janet Adam works on an old cloth book cover with a Q-tip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Melby, fall 2012 intern, and Jessica Wheeler, fall 2012 and spring 2013 intern, begin the initial sorting of paper materials.

Aaron Melby, fall 2012 intern, and Jessica Wheeler, fall 2012 and spring 2013 intern, begin the initial sorting of paper materials.

Jessica explains to Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Center Director, how to handle a certain document!

Jessica explains to Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Center Director, how to handle a certain document!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last step was wrapping materials in acid free paper and labeling them. Grant worked to conserve the china, metal, and wooden artifacts.

The last step was wrapping materials in acid free paper and labeling them. Grant worked to conserve the china, metal, and wooden artifacts.

 

Dr. Morgan and Aaron lay out the Biographical Collection, materials pertaining to Max Miller's life. These will be used to construct a bio-essay.

Dr. Morgan and Aaron lay out the Biographical Collection, materials pertaining to Max Miller’s life. These will be used to construct a bio-essay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intern Rebecca Hall attacks the clean-up phase!

Intern Rebecca Hall attacks the clean-up phase!

 

 

 

 

 

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