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MFAH Disaster Response and Recovery Workshop

THE MFAH TO HOST TRAINING FOR MUSEUM, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES PROFESSIONALS, CULTURAL LEADERS AND EMERGENCY PROFESSIONALS AUGUST 1-2, LED BY THE TEXAS CULTURAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ALLIANCE

What

The MFAH will host a disaster response and recovery workshop, led by Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance, on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday August 2. Library, archive, and museum professionals in Houston and the surrounding counties are invited to share expertise and resources in this unique partnership.

The 2-day workshop will focus on disaster response and recovery situations specific to the region, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, and will show participants how to respond to such large-scale natural events to both protect and preserve the objects in their care and to connect to a larger network of national emergency management professionals.

Program, Day 1:

Speakers

  • Jennifer Suter, Training and Program Manager, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Robert Emery, VP for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management, UT Health Science Center
  • Paul A. Tabor, State Critical Incident Stress Management, Director Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Kirk Lively, Director of Technical Services, Belfor USA
  • Trey Johnson, Executive General Adjuster, York Insurance Group

Program, Day 2:

  • Lectures and Training Exercises
  • TX-CERA, Assessment and recovery techniques for wet recovery and salvage of cultural heritage collections.

When

  • Monday and Tuesday, August 1-2, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where

The American General Meeting Room
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Audrey Jones Beck Building
5601 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

Cost

  • $80.00, lunch is included. Free parking in MFAH parking lot.

Details
The MFAH is an experienced disaster management leader and advocate for protecting cultural heritage resources in the region.

The Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) is a statewide resource for cultural heritage and disaster management and part of the nationwide Alliance for Response program. Through a series of regional forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. Their programs lead to new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts. For more information, visit:

Contacts

  • Steve Pine, Museum of Fine Arts, spine@mfah.org,
  • Olivia Primanis, University of Texas, Austin, primanis@utexas.edu, or
  • Melanie Sanford, Textile Preservation Services of Texas – info@conservingthreads.com

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2-day-disaster-preparedness-and-recovery-workshop-hosted-by-tx-cera-tickets-26365409650

MFAH Hosts Disaster Recovery Conference, Annoucement

Emergency Response & Recovery Workshop

TX-CERA or Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance is preparing a workshop on Emergency Response and Recovery. Please find detailed information at the link below.

Please feel free to forward this email to other interested parties. All are welcome!

Mon, Jun 13 at 9:00 AM, Denton, Texas

An Introduction to Emergency Response and Recovery of Material Cultural Objects
A Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA) Sponsored Workshop

The purpose of this one-day workshop is to introduce participants to emergency response and recovery for material cultural objects in private and museum collections. Participants will learn protocols for responding to disaster scenes and working with local emergency responders. Health and safety issues associated with disasters and collection techniques associated with various types of material collections will also be covered. The day will end with a museum mock-disaster table-top exercise and a question/answer session with the instructors.

From more information and to register for the workshop:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-intro-to-emergency-response-and-recovery-of-material-cultural-objects-tickets-24853320952

Contact TX-CERA

TX-CERA is an affiliation of institutions and persons interested in preserving the cultural heritage of Texas. Through education and advocacy TX-CERA hopes to serve as a resource for cultural institutions in order to mitigate loss of cultural and heritage collections due to disaster. The organization will develop a roster of heritage and collections professionals in Texas to create a network of ready support in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Please contact us if you wish to volunteer with TX-CERA

Members of the TX-CERA Steering Committee

  • Steve Pine, Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa, PhD, Associate Director Conservation and Preservation, Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
  • Laura DeNormandie, Chief Curator, Texas Historical Commission
  • Diana Diaz, Photo Conservator, Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
  • Frances Gale, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jennifer Lee, Preservation Services, University of Texas, Austin
  • Jessica Phillips, Head, Preservation, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Olivia Primanis, Senior Book Conservator, Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
  • Shelby Sanett, PhD, Lead Security Management and Program Analyst, (NARA) College Park, MD
  • Melanie Sanford, Conservator, Textile Preservation Services of Texas, Allen

Preservation Week at HMRC : The Blue Tile Project

The Houston Metropolitan Research Center is hosting an event for Preservation Week featuring the Blue Tile Project. You know those really cool tiled street signs that can be spotted around Houston? This group is trying to find and preserve them. The event will be Wednesday, April 27th from 6-8 at the PreservationWeekFlyer. The flyer is attached. Hope to see a lot of AHA! Members there!

Association for Recorded Sound Collections – Texas Chapter

This email is being sent to Texas ARSC members and Nauck customers.

As you may know, there was a Texas Chapter of ARSC which met in the Houston area between 1996 and 2005. Since that time the chapter has been inactive. Over the past year, several archives and collectors have expressed interest in reviving the chapter. This would probably involve meetings held in different parts of the state and not just in one city. It is our desire to imitate the unique nature of the national organization by catering to the needs and interests of both collectors and archivists.

An exploratory meeting will be held during the 50th Annual ARSC Conference at Bloomington, IN, May 11-14, 2016. We invite any Texas-based collectors, preservationists, archivists or researchers to join us at that meeting (time and place will be announced at the conference).

If you aren’t able to attend the conference but would be interested in being part of a Texas Chapter, please respond to this message. I will email a report of our discussions later in May.

Hope to see you next month in Bloomington,

Kurt Nauck (TX Chapter past President)
John Bondurant
Maristella Feustle
Kevin Fontenot
Curtis Peoples

Call for Content – Archiving Houston

The next the Archiving Houston will be released on Monday, 4/25.
 
If you have any announcements, archives related publications or news, or requests for assistance for Archiving Houston, please submit them either directly to me or through the submission form on the AHA! website.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Sign-up for Archiving Houston: http://tinyletter.com/houstonarchivists

Disaster Response Assistance Available

At LYRASIS we’re thinking of collecting organizations in the Houston area, hoping that everyone’s safe and sound, and also that your collections are not being damaged in the recent severe weather.

If your collections have been damaged, please remember that we have a 24-hour emergency line that you can call for advice on disaster response and recovery for any cultural heritage collections, at 504.300.9478

Other regional centers and organizations are also available to help, for more numbers visit http://bit.ly/1T4E28y

You can find more information on collections salvage and links to resources, including response and recovery leaflets in Spanish, at http://bit.ly/241ILOW

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch using our emergency line, or directly contact Annie Peterson, Preservation Services Librarian, at annie.peterson@lyrasis.org ,678-235-2923.

Annie Peterson

Preservation Services Librarian
annie.peterson@lyrasis.org
678.235.2923
peterson.annie Skype

Membership dues reminder

A reminder for all who haven’t yet paid your membership dues this year. Dues are $10.00. You can send a check (made out to Archivists of the Houston Area or AHA!) to:

Sandra Yates
Texas Medical Center Library
1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030

If you’re not sure if you’ve paid this year, send Sandra an an email (syates@library.tmc.edu), and she’ll let you know.

If any one needs to change their contact information, please complete a new application form and email/mail it to above contact.