Kentucky Heritage Council
Wallpaper conservation workshop planned June 5-8 in Paducah
Kentucky Heritage Council News Release
Hands-on wallpaper conservation workshop
planned June 5-8 at Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah
May 11, 2007
Contact: Diane Comer
502-564-7005, ext. 120
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A hands-on workshop on historic wallpaper conservation will take place June 5-8 at the Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah, an African American inn constructed in 1909 to serve African Americans traveling through Paducah and McCracken County.
The workshop is sponsored by the Upper Town Heritage Foundation of Paducah, which is restoring the hotel, and West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC), with support from Paducah-McCracken County Growth Inc, WKCTC and the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office. Funding for this workshop and a subsequent wallpaper curation project at the Hotel Metropolitan was provided through grants from Save America’s Treasures and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The workshop will offer theoretical grounding and opportunities to practice hands-on, basic wallpaper removal, cleaning, mending and storage techniques, with the focus to retrieve meaningful samples of older and historic wallpapers in order to replicate the pattern. Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Provide complete and thorough photographic and written documentation
- Understand how to properly and safely utilize basic preservation tools
- Utilize basic wallpaper removal techniques to safely preserve wallpaper for historical documentation
The workshop will be led by two members of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC):
- Tom Edmondson – AIC Fellow, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the conservation of wallpaper, wall maps, photographic materials, and historic and artistic works on paper and who counts among his projects ongoing work at the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
- Christine Young – AIC Professional Associate, who also has more than 30 years of experience in the conservation of works on paper and photographs, who counts among her projects work at the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home in Nashville.
Class size is limited. Registration is $150 and includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch all four days. Lodging is available at the Westowne Inn in Paducah, 270-442-5666. For more information about the workshop, contact Sharon Poat of the Upper Town Heritage Foundation, 270-442-8947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, call Nancy Draffen with WKCTC, 270-534-3335.
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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov