Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

  • 08 Sep 2014
  • 15 Sep 2014
  • Durango Public Library, Durango, CO

Part 1: ONLINE WEBINARS - Prevention & Preparedness (archived 2 1/2 hours total)

Part 2: IN-PERSON WORKSHOP - Response & Recovery (choose one location/date):

Durango, CO: Monday, September 8, 2014, 9am-4pm, Durango Public Library

Craig, CO: Friday, September 12, 2014 9am-4pm, Museum of Northwest Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO: Monday, September 15, 2014, 9am-4pm, Old Colorado City Historical Society/Center

Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor.

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)

Instructor: Julie A. Page, Co-Coordinator, WESTPAS


The "Protecting Cultural Collections" training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos, and objects
The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response, and decision-making in all types of cultural institutions. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshops disaster-preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost: No charge to the institution. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online for an in-person session here.

For registration assistance contact: Alexandra Gingerich at

For general and content information contact Julie Page at

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