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Tech Talk

A column published periodically in the Minnesota History Interpreter that offers technical assistance on preserving and conserving historic objects, buildings and sites. Contact Local History Services for more information.

Each issue will appear as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file, which can be viewed or printed using your web browser and Adobe's Acrobat Reader software. Adobe provides downloading instructions for the free Acrobat Reader for Macintosh and Windows.

Subjects

Architecture & Historic Preservation

Log Buildings

Minnesota's architecture, Part 1: Early architecture

Minnesota's architecture, Part 2: Post-Civil War architecture

Minnesota's architecture, Part 3: Bric-a-brac styles

Minnesota's architecture, Part 4: Academic revival styles

Minnesota's architecture, Part 5: Prairie School, Bungalow, Art Deco, International and Revivals

Treatment and maintenance of masonry, Part 1: Stone, brick, concrete, clay, and mortar

Treatment and maintenance of masonry, Part 2: Water, cleaning, and coatings

 

Collections

Archaeological artifacts from below water, conservation of

Artifact Labeling, Part 1: Textiles and 3-dimensional objects

Artifact labeling, Part 2: Paper, photographs, and hard-to-label objects

Buttons, conserving political

Firearms, conservation treatment of, Part 1: Concepts, evaluation and handling

Firearms, conservation treatment of, Part 2: Disassembly and cleaning metal and wood

Minnesota Museum Property Law to work

Musical instruments, caring for, Part 1: Materials, coatings, leather, and plastics

Musical instruments, caring for, Part 2: Wood, metal, and textiles

Newspapers, how and when to preserve

Quilts, preserving historic

Sports memorabilia, care of

 

Interpretation

Creating outdoor trail signage, Part 1: project planning, sign develoment and design

Creating outdoor trail signage, Part 2: Fabrication and installation

Exhibiting borrowed objects

Research in cemeteries

Writing exhibit labels

 

Museums

Checking Your Pulse: How to track and apply user statistics

Media relations

Monitoring museum environments

Security guidelines and issues

Track lighting in museums, Part 1: Selection and design

Track lighting in museums, Part 2: Lighting control

 

photographs

Care of photographic materials, Part 1: Components, environment, and negatives

Care of photographic materials, Part 2: Framed photographs and albums

Putting digital images online

Storing glass plate negatives

 

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