This three-part series from the Iowa Museums Association provides an introduction to textiles and clothing care in a museum setting. The series provides professional guidance in artifact preservation and storage, identification and interpretation, and exhibition and display.

Cost per workshop for non-IMA members $70.
3-series price for Non-IMA members $145.
Date & Time: Sessions will take place from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. January 24, January 31, and February 7, 2022. All sessions will take place on ZOOM.

Clothing & Textiles Preservation & Storage (January 24)

This course provides an introductory look into textile-based collections care focusing on environmental conditions, artifact-safe materials, recommended storage methods and systems for different types of items, basic cleaning processes, and logistical issues.

Clothing & Textiles Identification & Interpretation (January 31)

Learn how to identify 19th and 20th century fashions and other textile items and discuss some unique ways to think about and interpret the artifacts in your collection. This is an introductory course; additional resources will be provided to assist your individual identification needs.

Clothing & Textiles Exhibition & Display (February 7)

Learn how to safely exhibit a variety of textile-based items and how artifact preservation is woven into the exhibit development process. We will discuss different exhibit formats (temporary exhibitions, permanent installations, furnishing plans, and more) as well as proper artifact mounting and display options, as well as environmental requirements.

Registration Deadline: 1/23/2022

Reminder: You must be signed in to register. For assistance with registration prior to 1/21/22, contact [email protected]

About the Instructor

Lindsey Smith has over twenty years of experience working in and around cultural heritage. Her consulting firm, Exhibitsmith™, opened in 2009 to help organizations discover innovative-yet-practical solutions for their creative projects and historical collection needs. In addition, she has been on staff at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Des Moines University Library, Iowa Jewish Historical Society, Amherst Museum, and Living History Farms. She received an MA in Historical Administration in 2003 and completed additional post-graduate coursework in Archives and Records Administration at UW-Milwaukee.

In 2014, she founded Hangerbee™, which produces museum-quality, heirloom-safe padded clothing hangers. Over 10,000 Hangerbee hangers can be found in museums, boutiques, and closets across the country from Alaska to the Smithsonian, as well as abroad.