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Museum Lab: Winter Workshop

Harbor History Museum is happy to announce a new program piloting in 2018: Museum Lab Winter Workshops. Especially designed for practicing, emerging, and volunteer museum professionals and aficionados, the pilot workshop will focus on strategies for evaluation, conservation, and restoration.

Participants will explore the differences between conservation and restoration and how to determine the best strategy for the objects in your collection. Attendees of Harbor History Museum’s four-day workshop (two half-days and two full-days) will learn specialized skills and train their eyes in the ways of wood and metal. Experts in the field will provide hands-on techniques that will improve skills and help determine best practices.

The four-day workshop will begin the evening of Sunday, January 28th with a Meet and Greet Dinner and an introduction to maritime heritage preservation by Susan Johnson of Artifacts Consulting. Monday and Tuesday will consist of full days in which workshop students will explore everything from a caulking demonstration to learning techniques for interpreting conservation and restoration stories.

Additional presenters include Western Flyer Foundation Project Director Chris Chase; Renee Crist, Collections Manager at Lemay – America’s Car Museum; and Tim Regan, shipwright.

The workshop will also include a special session on the Washington State Heritage Capital Project Fund grants which have funded numerous local preservation projects, including the Skansie and Ancich netsheds and the Shenandoah Restoration Project.

The Harbor History Museum’s 65-foot purse seiner, Shenandoah, currently undergoing conservation and restoration, will provide a unique opportunity for workshop attendees to gain hands-on experience. This direct application, in conjunction with the in-depth classes taught by regional experts, makes this Museum Lab Winter Workshop a rare and exciting opportunity for current and aspiring museum and preservation professionals and volunteers.

Thanks to support from the Gig Harbor Lodging Tax fund, registration fees are significantly reduced at $50 for non-Harbor History Museum members and $25 for members. The full workshop is limited to 25 participants.


Questions and inquiries may be directed to Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at education