This Spring, The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) opens its Thorek Medical Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection for 4 Book Conservation Workshops, bringing together 8 volunteers per session interested in basic conservation principles, condition reporting, cataloging and applied conservation. Under the direction of the IMSS Curator, Collin Pressler, Thorek Library Conservation Intern Monica Stokes and using methods developed for the Museum by London-based conservation enthusiast Laura Chaillie, volunteers will be given unprecedented access to over 1,000 rare books to log and "soft pack" for long-term storage.
All workshops are held on Sundays from 10AM-5PM. Dates include: 2/26, 3/19, 4/23, and 5/21
With these workshops, IMSS seeks to emphasize the Museum as a leader in creative solutions to core problems facing collections at organizations of its type and scale while creating opportunities to educate the public and invest in Chicago's community of museum enthusiasts by teaching from its collections
This program is free and open to 8 committed volunteers per session. Volunteers who are able to commit to more than one session are encouraged to do so. Registration opens on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers who register are commiting to volunteer for the full 10AM-5PM day.
Access to a Smart Phone is required (free WiFi is provided)
A light breakfast is provided. Volunteers break for lunch and are encouraged to bring their own midday provisions.