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Online course on paranormal investigations in museums and historic sites

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Friday, September 7, 2012
MS013: Paranormal Investigations in Museums and Historic Sites
Instructor: David Harvey
Price: $99
Sep 17-21, 2012

Description: Many museums and historic sites are being contacted by
paranormal groups for permission to conduct investigations on their
sites. There has been an explosion of interest in the paranormal in
the past ten years with over a thousand teams and groups in the USA.
There are also millions who follow this on television and other
media. When a museum or historic site manager is approached by these
groups there are many concerns, but there is also the potential for
it to become a new marketing and income generating activity for the
organization. This course is designed to give you the tools to have
a constructive dialogue with these groups and to be able to develop
a policy / program that best benefits your institution.

This short course will introduce you to Paranormal Groups. You will
learn how these groups investigate and explore, the pros and cons of
developing a policy and how to include them in your programs. The
Paranormal Groups also need to be educated about the perspectives
and mission of Museums and Historic Sites to appreciate how we
operate. There can be benefits in understanding and working with
each other. We will take you through the research, methods and
equipment and approaches to public outreach by the paranormal teams.

We will address their perspectives and concerns. We will also go
through the perspectives, equipment and policies of museums and our
concerns. Then we will go through the potential benefits for both
sides and how you can best take advantage of the public interest in
this to develop policies and programs that enhance your marketing
and program efforts in a way that protects your integrity and
collections, yet brings more people in your doors.

Logistics: Participants in Paranormal Investigations in Museums and
Historic Sites will read literature and participate in two one-hour
chats to discuss Paranormal Investigations in Museums and Historic
Sites. Each student should read course materials and prepare
questions or comments to share with the other students in the chat.
This is a mini-course and takes no more than 10 hours of a student's
time. This is an opportunity to brain-storm with colleagues about
what works and what doesn't work.

To reserve a spot in the course, pay at If you have trouble
please contact Helen Alten at helen<-at->collectioncare<.>org

The Instructor:

    Dave Harvey is currently a consultant to the producers of a new
    National Geographic Television Series, America's Lost Treasures,
    set in museums across the USA. David is also a senior
    conservator with Rosa Lowinger and Associates, specializing in
    Objects, Architecture, and Sculpture.

    He has thirty years of diverse experience in conservation,
    archaeological fieldwork, and American living history museum
    craft work and interpretation. David was the archaeological
    conservator for the James River Institute for Archaeology, The
    Yorktown Archaeological trust, and the Virginia Company
    Foundation doing fieldwork, artifact cataloguing, scientific
    analysis, and the conservation and stabilization of diverse
    historical and prehistoric archaeological artifacts. He was the
    lab manager for the Metals and Arms conservation lab at Colonial
    Williamsburg. He was also responsible for the design and
    equipment specifications for the new Metals and Arms laboratory,
    X-radiography facility, and Analytical Laboratory in the DeWitt
    Wallace Collections and Conservation Building on the Bruton
    Heights School Education Center Campus. David was appointed Head
    of the Objects Conservation Department at The Rocky Mountain
    Conservation Center at the University of Denver, was the
    proprietor of his own professional conservation and consulting
    company Artifacts, and was the Senior Associate Conservator for
    Griswold Conservation Associates. David is a Professional
    Associate of The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and
    has served as the local arrangements chair for the annual AIC
    meeting, program chair, chair, and emeritus chair of the Objects
    specialty group and editor of the New Materials and Research
    Column for the AIC News. David has pursued educational outreach
    during his career in diverse media such as scientific/technical
    journals, popular magazines and journals, television, and
    audio-visual lectures and workshops.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

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