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IUPUI museum studies students to help preserve public and private collectibles

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March 5, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Students in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis museum studies program, part of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, are conducting two community outreach events in Indianapolis to help promote better preservation and care of treasures found in both private and public collections.

On Wednesday (March 6) from 3 to 5:45 p. m., the students in the Preventive Conservation course at IUPUI are going to the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road, to clean the approximately 20 bird mounts on exhibit. The students will also answer questions and talk to the center visitors about the importance of caring for collections.

On Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., the IUPUI Collections Care Fair takes place at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 W. Washington St. The public is invited to bring family heirloom pieces to the IUPUI Collections Care Fair in order to learn more about proper care and storage of these valued objects. Museum studies students will work side by side with professionally trained conservators who have agreed to share time and expertise with students and the public.

For additional information, contact Holly Cusack-McVeigh, assistant professor of anthropology and museum studies at IUPUI, 317-274-1400 or email hmcusack@iupui.edu .