You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Inconsistent RH

Track
Facilities Management
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
260 America's Center
Description
The Museum of History and Industry's (MOHAI) library and textile storage were experiencing elevated RH levels in spring and fall, and extremely low RH during Seattle's rainy winters. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, MOHAI worked with the Image Permanence Institute to solve the mystery and develop a strategy to achieve an appropriate and sustainable preservation environment for the collection. This session explores this HVAC puzzle, common to many museums, through the varying perspectives of mechanical equipment, facilities, conservation, and collections experts.
Learner Outcome
  1. Build knowledge of the variables at play among the environment, the building envelope, and HVAC systems.
  2. Broaden your understanding about the acceptable ranges of relative humidity as they pertain to material type and museum practices.
  3. Increase your knowledge about sustainable solutions for artifact preservation through discussion of the project's analysis and conclusion.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Betsy Bruemmer
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Collections Manager
Organization: 
Museum of History & Industry
Bio
Betsy Bruemmer manages all activities pertaining to the physical care of MOHAI's extensive collection of historic artifacts. In addition to cataloguing, cleaning and rehousing collections, Ms. Bruemmer directs the Integrated Pest Management Program and environmental monitoring of storage and exhibit spaces. She assisted in the management of the renovations of the Resource Center when the Museum relocated in 2012.
Presenter: 
Clara Berg
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Collections Specialist
Organization: 
Museum of History & Industry
Bio
Clara Berg is the Collections Specialist for Costumes and Textiles at MOHAI. Her position includes the management of the museum's large clothing and textile collection, preparing objects for display, processing new acquisitions, and giving lectures and programs at the museum about fashion history and dress. She started the position in 2011 and assisted with the museum's move project 2011-2013.
Presenter: 
Dana Senge
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Conservator
Organization: 
National Park Service-Intermountain Region
Bio
Dana K. Senge is the Senior Conservator for the National Park Service, Intermountain Region Museum Services Program. She holds a BFA in studio art from Western Washington University and MA and CAS in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College.
Presenter: 
Jason Young
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Sr. Manager, Facilities & Security
Organization: 
Museum of History & Industry
Bio
Jason Young is responsible for the monitoring, maintenance, improvement, and security of all aspects of the MOHAI facilities, including working closely with the collections department to ensure proper climate conditions within the Historic Naval Armory, as well as the MOHAI Resource Center. Following over 10 years serving as the Facility Manager of the Frye Art Museum, he took over the facilities management of MOHAI in 2015.
Presenter: 
Jeremy Linden
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Preservation Environment Specialist
Organization: 
Image Permanence Institute - Rochester Institute of Technology
Bio
Jeremy Linden joined the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) as a Preservation Environment Specialist in January 2010. He is primarily involved in the environmental management activities of IPI and works closely with colleagues in libraries, archives and museums on issues of material preservation, mechanical system performance, energy-savings and sustainability as a researcher, educator, and consultant.