Textile Care Workshop and Program

  • Jul 29, 2016
From: 10:00AM to 2:30PM
  • 109 West Overton Road
  • Scottdale, PA 15683
$30 per person

Two experts from the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh will conduct a Textile Care Workshop and Program at West Overton Village and Museums on Friday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required.

The event will begin with an introduction and tour of West Overton, followed by an interactive preservation workshop for textiles.

Techniques for handling, packing and cleaning fabric items will also be demonstrated. The program will feature a segment on 3-D textile forms, such as baskets, shoes, and hats with a hands-on component for participants. Safe storage and display solutions will be explored. A limited number of the materials presented will be available for purchase.

West Overton staff members will show some of the textiles in its collection not normally on display to the public.
“At the first program, we had quilt makers, textile collectors, family history caretakers, crafters, and teachers,” said Barbara J. Conner, Heinz History Center Conservation Services Manager, program presenter. “Museum professionals, docents and volunteers will find the content accessible and engaging. Others will enjoy the tour and the adventure of a ‘day outing’ with a friend.”

Ms. Conner added that those involved in collections care are sure to gain some insider knowledge and find the networking just as valuable.

“The workshop is an educational program from which everyone can learn more about collection care, local history, and a historic site. It’s a great forum to share ideas and to learn about our region’s rich history,” said Robert O. Stakeley, Heinz History Center Education Outreach Coordinator, who conducts the workshop with Ms. Conner.
Register online here. For more information, contact Barb Conner at 412-454-6450 or bjconner@heinzhistorycenter.org.

This outreach program is one of four presented and supported by the Heinz History Center and its Museum Conservation Center in conjunction with the History Center Affiliates Program.

The last two events will be held west of Pittsburgh at the Cockayne Farmstead House in Glen Dale, W.Va., on Sept. 30, and east at Saint Vincent College’s Foster & Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery in Latrobe on Nov. 4.
Photos: Heinz History Center Conservation Services Manager Barbara J. Conner (center) demonstrates cleaning textiles with a mesh screen and a specialized vacuum at the HHC Textile Care Workshop held in June. The next of four outreach workshops will be held at West Overton Village and Museums on Friday, July 29. Photo credit: Brenda Applegate, Executive Director, Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation.

Textile Care Workshop and Program
Textile Care Workshop and Program
  • 109 West Overton Road
  • Scottdale, PA 15683