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Albany 2003

Keynote Speech

The First, Second, and Last Scenes of Mortality: A Textile Mystery.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Phillips professor of early American history at Harvard University

Introduction to Cleaning Systems for Textiles

Instructor: Richard Wolbers, University of Delaware

Pressure Mounts – History, Variations, and Options

Instructor: Deborah Bede, Principal, Stillwater Conservation Studio


Vibrant Dancers: Egungun Costumes from Southwestern Nigeria / Dorothy Stites Alig

Secret Agents: Deliberately Concealed Garments as Symbolic Textiles / Dinah Eastop and Charlotte Dew

Religious Symbolic Textiles in Himalayan Monasteries: Prayer Flags, Banners and Thangkas. / Ann Shaftel

Clear as Mud: How Cultural Significance Determines Preservation Choices. / Sarah Clayton, Wendy Dodd, Victoria Gill and Bridie Kirkpatrick

Preservation of Stripes, Stars and Swastikas. / Lizou Fenyvesi

Documenting and Preserving Woven and Constructed Materials on a Collection of Early Nineteenth Century Native North American Objects. / T. Rose Holdcraft

Amos Bad Heart Bull’s Painted Textile: A Document of Cultures and Conflicts. / Virginia Jarvis Whelan

"For Which It Stands": American Patriotism in Material Culture. / Marilyn Zoidis

Flag Conservation Then and Now. / Deborah Lee Trupin

MFAH Texas Flags: 1836-1945 Flags as Fine Art? / Fonda Ghiardi Thomsen

What If You Can’t Afford To Make a Mistake: Developing an Experimental Protocol for the Treatment of the Star-Spangled Banner. / Fenella G. France and Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss

Different Restoration Treatments on 19th Century Silk Banners and Flags. / Fanny Espinoza

United We Stand! The Conservation of Trade Union Banners. / Frances Lennard and Vivian Lochhead

"Go Thou and Do Likewise"? The Conservation of the Ebrington Friendly Society Banner. / Ann French and Nicola Gentle

Moving Pictures: Adapting Painting Conservation Techniques to the Treatment of Painted Textiles. / Nancy R. Pollak

The Conservation of Savonarola’s Banner. / Mary Westerman Bulgarella and Susanna Conti

Avendale for Reformation: Conservation of a 17th Century Covenanting Banner. / Lynn McClean and Elizabeth-Anne Haldane

The Effectiveness of Adhesive Support Treatments for Flags and Banners: Condition of Treated Artifacts in Canada and the UK. / Irene F. Karsten and Nancy Kerr

Facing the Future: The Use of Cyclododecane and Re-Moistenable Tissue Paper in the Conservation of a Painted Silk Flag. / Joanne Hackett and Beth Szuhay


Looking at our History, Listening to Our Client. / Harold F. Mailand

What so Proudly We Hailed: One Museum’s Effort to Conserve Historic Flags. / Barbara L. Rowe

Saving Maine’s Colours: Strategies in Flag Conservation & Exhibition at the Maine State Museum. / Gwen Spicer, Laureen LaBar, Susan Adler, Marion Scharoun and Dona Smith

Do You Know Where You Are? Silk Flank Markers from the Civil War. / Sarah C. Stevens



The Treatment of a Campaign Banner: An Option for Consolidating Powdery Paint. / Mary Betlejeski and Gwen Spicer

Just How Do You Apply Routine Treatments to a Large and Fragile Textile?: Lateral Thinking and the Richmond Colours of the Victorian Volunteer Rifle Corps. / Catherine Challenor

A Banner from the Era of the Scandinavianism Movement. / Pia Christensson

The Conservation and Restoration of the Alamo Flag. / Noemí Cortés and Guillermina Peña

Identification through Symbols. / Ileana Cretu

A Comparative Study of the Ethics and Techniques of Conserving Two Pairs of Nineteenth Century Colours from Guernsey. / Tamara Frost

A 17th-Century Flocked Textile. / Elizabeth C. Griffin

King in All But Name? The Conservation of a Majesty Scutcheon Looted from Oliver Cromwell’s State Funeral. / Cordelia Rogerson

The Escuadrón Activo De Veracruz Flag: Reflections on the Criteria for Flag Conservation. / Lorena Román, Cecilia Becerra, Claudia de la Fuente, Abner Gutiérrez, Nicolás Gutiérrez and Fernando Sánchez Guevara

Contract for Eternity: Preserving a Hearse Cloth Made in 1505 For Henry VII (b. 1455, d. 1509). / Joelle D.J. Wickens and Dr. Maria Hayward


Local Committee
  • Robin Campbell, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Peebles Island Resource Center

  • Penny Drooker, New York State Museum

  • Ilene Frank, Rensselaer County Historical Society

  • Marcy Shaffer, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

  • Gwen Spicer, Spicer Art Conservation

  • Sarah Stevens, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Peebles Island Resource Center

  • Deborah Trupin, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Peebles Island Resource Center

  • Anne Tyrrell, New York State Museum

  • Abby Zoldowski, Spicer Art Conservation

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