Artifact Care 101
June 2, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Become the curator of your personal history!
Every day you manage the physical things that follow you through your life, that perhaps make you feel like yourself. We like to call those “artifacts.” Have you ever wondered what exactly you should be doing to care for family heirlooms, preserve photographs, or store data? Let us help you out! Join us for “Artifact Care 101.” The evening will start with an insider tour through the Tobacco Museum, followed by an exclusive viewing of Duke Homestead museum artifacts. You’ll learn the best ways to care for objects, and speak to our experts about how to take care of your artifacts.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
You CAN bring 1-2 items to discuss with our experts. They will help you identify pieces, and make recommendations on care. You must be able to carry these items yourself. Duke Homestead will not be responsible for personal objects during or after the event.
Will you appraise my antiques?
We CANNOT appraise your items or offer any information on monetary value. Just history and care!
Meet our Experts
Jennifer Blomberg is the Head of Collections Management for the State Archives of North Carolina. She oversees the preservation programming for the Archives including disaster response, environmental monitoring, collection assessment, and policies regarding care, handling, and the storage of records. She received her Masters of Information and Library Science (MILS) with a specialization in Archives, Records Management, and Preservation from the University of Pittsburgh. Previous to working at the State Archives of North Carolina, she worked at various cultural institutions including Duke University Libraries, University of Delaware, and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia.
Martha Battle Jackson
Martha Jackson is the Chief Curator for the North Carolina Division of Historic Sites. Martha Battle Jackson progressed from Assistant Registrar to Chief of Collections Management during her 20 years at the NC Museum of History, often lecturing on flag history, quilts, and tobacco history. She transferred to NC State Historic Sites in 1996 to help set up the collections management system. In 2001, she helped organize and continues to administrate the Jekyll Island Management Institute for the Southeastern Museums Conference, providing museum management training for 266 museum leaders from 31 states. During her career, she has taken numerous workshops on care and conservation of collections, such as textiles, wood, books, and metals.
Christian Edwards is a Registrar and Curator for the North Carolina Division of Historic Sites. She works with and trains staff and volunteers at North Carolina's 27 State Historic Sites in the proper maintenance and preservation of their artifacts and historic structures. She received her Masters in Public History from UNC Ashville. Previous to working as the Registrar and Curator, she worked as the Site Manager for the Thomas Wofle Memorial.