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February 9, 2006

National Archives To Hold Preservation Conference On March 16

Beyond the Numbers: Specifying and Achieving an Efficient Preservation Environment

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will host its 20th annual preservation conference on Thursday, March 16, 2006, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will provide opening remarks for the event, which will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW in Washington, D.C., and is fully accessible.

The conference is open to the general public and will be of particular interest to conservators, curators, librarians, records managers, architects, facilities managers and preservation specialists. The fee is $85 ($40 for full-time students). For more information or to register, go to: http://www.archives.gov/preservation/conferences/2006/ or contact Conference Coordinator Richard Schneider at 301-837-3617 or richard.schneider@nara.gov. The conference is open to the media. Contact the public affairs office at 202 357-5300 for more information.

This year's theme, "Beyond the Numbers: Specifying and Achieving an Efficient Preservation Environment," will explore how the National Archives and other institutions are addressing the need for providing preservation-oriented environmental control and building design to ensure the preservation of their historic and cultural collections in light of escalating construction costs, shrinking budgets and the ever-increasing price of energy.

Conference topics will include: tracing the evolution of preservation environments, specifying the requirements for a preservation quality storage environment, understanding supporting mechanical systems, energy savings projects in cultural institutions, providing practical environments for cultural property in historic buildings, managing a successful mechanical systems project and weighing alternative solutions for long-term preservation.

Conference speakers will include experts in the fields of preservation, building design, facilities management and archival programs: Ernest Conrad, Principal of the Landmark Facilities Group; James Reilly, Director of the Image Permanence Institute; Richard Kerschner, Director of Preservation and Conservation at the Shelburne Museum; William Kline, Vice President of the Smith Group, Inc., and Doris A. Hamburg, Director of Preservation Programs at the National Archives. For a full listing of speakers, please visit http://www.archives.gov/preservation/conferences/2006/details.html.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202 357-5300.

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