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Scarlett uses a dry brush to clean the back of a paper Valentine’s Day card before rehousing it into a mylar sleeve.
Scarlett uses a dry brush to clean the back of a paper Valentine’s Day card before rehousing it into a mylar sleeve.

Posted: September 29, 2015

The Spurlock Museum is proud to serve as a unique educational resource for all University students. Last fall semester, Jennifer Grove and Scarlett Andes, Anthropology and Museum Studies capstone students respectively, as well as Anthropology graduate student volunteer Tatiana Niculescu had the chance to go behind the scenes with the Collections Management section. In addition to assisting with regular tasks during the week, these students gained valuable hands-on experience by taking part in regularly scheduled preservation training sessions on Tuesday afternoons, affectionately called “Tuesday Specials.”

By taking part in Tuesday Specials, our students not only earned course credit towards graduation and gathered material for their final capstone projects, but they also contributed to progress on big projects at the Museum and gained valuable hands-on experience for their future studies and careers.

Written by Gavin Robinson.

Students review a collection of commonly found museum insects with the assistance of Collections Manager Christa Deacy-Quinn and Collections IPM student Maddy Kangas.
Students review a collection of commonly found museum insects with the assistance of Collections Manager Christa Deacy-Quinn and Collections IPM student Maddy Kangas.
Tatiana and Scarlett work with Collections Storage Coordinator Gavin Robinson and Collections Manager Christa Deacy-Quinn to reshape Inuit clothing using unresinated polyfill and unbuffered acid-free tissue.
Tatiana and Scarlett work with Collections Storage Coordinator Gavin Robinson and Collections Manager Christa Deacy-Quinn to reshape Inuit clothing using unresinated polyfill and unbuffered acid-free tissue.