Fall 2017 Meeting

Loretto Heritage Center, Nerinx, KY | December 15, 2017 


Online registration is closed. Onsite registrations will be accepted, but will not include a lunch order.



10:00am – 10:15am         Registration, Coffee and Snacks

10:15am – 10:30am         Welcome and Announcements

10:30am – 10:45am        “Act(ivity) One: Setting the Stage”, Jaime Marie Burton

10:45am – 11:15am         “Mission, Engagement, Design”, Matt Strandmark

11:15am – 12:00pm        “Preservation and Exhibits”, Danielle Spalenka

12:00pm – 1:00pm         Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm           “Act(ivity) Two: The Show Must Go On”, Jaime Marie Burton

2:00pm – 2:15pm           Break

2:15pm – 3:00pm            Tour

Presentation Abstracts

Mission, Engagement, Design – 10:45am – 11:15am

Matt Strandmark (University of Kentucky Special Collection Research Center)

This presentation will focus broadly on the exhibits program at the University of Kentucky and will span three main concerns in preparing, executing, and promoting exhibits: aligning purpose, involving local communities, and designing aesthetically effective exhibits. The goal of this presentation is to use concrete examples to impart strategies and techniques that will benefit exhibit programs of any size and any budget.

Preservation and Exhibits – 11:15am – 12:00pm   

Danielle Spalenka (Northeast Document Conservation Center)

Cultural heritage organizations often look to their collections to create public exhibitions, but putting the spotlight on rare books and documents is inherently at odds with preservation. Preparing collections for safe exhibition ensures that these materials remain accessible into the future. This presentation will focus on planning an exhibit while keeping preservation in mind. The presentation will introduce the risks of exhibition and will cover safe handling and display methods to mitigate those risks. A brief discussion about policies and selection for exhibition will also be covered.

Transportation and Parking Information

Driving directions can be found online at the Loretto Heritage Center Museum website. The site is located about 60 miles from Louisville and 65 miles from Lexington, both about 1.5 hours.