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Symposia and Workshops

Department of the Interior Museum Program
Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections

Preliminary Program

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Tuesday, November 17

  5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.: Happy Hour Icebreaker Open to all conference attendees, registration packets can be picked during icebreaker as well as during morning plenary session

Wednesday, November 18


7:30 A.M.: Registration Opens

8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.: Plenary Session: Meeting the Challenge of Collections Care

Welcome and opening remarks
Cindy Stankowski, Acting Director, San Diego Archaeological Center Dr. Michael Hager, Executive Director, San Diego Natural History Museum,
Office of the Secretary, United States Department of the Interior

Where We Started, Where We Are:
The DOI Project, 1994-1998 Ronald C. Wilson, Staff Curator, Interior Museum Property Program

Some Examples of Significant Museum-Federal Government Partnerships
Jason Y. Hall, Director, Government Affairs Program, American Association of Museums

Report on the National Archaeological Collections Management Mini-Conference
Robert Sonderman, Society for Historical Archaeology

Access to Access: The American Strategy Initiative
Jane Sledge, American Strategy, Getty Institute, San Diego, CA

Fragmentation of the Museum World
Will Phillips, QM2, San Diego, CA

12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.: Lunch (included in conference registration fee)

Participants will select their lunch table based on its assigned topic for roundtable discussions. Discussion topics will build on those presented by challenge speakers during the opening plenary session. Do you agree, disagree, or have better ideas? Discussion of assigned topics will continue during the 3:30-5:00 time slot on Thursday.

2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.: Afternoon Sessions with Discussion



White Mountain Apache Models for Intertribal Cooperation in NAGPRA
John R. Welch, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Archaeologist, White Mountain Apache Tribe Heritage Program, Fort Apache, AZ

Possible Ramification of NAGPRA on Photographic Collections
Steven Denton, Burk Museum, University of Washington

Intercultural Partnerships and the Private Sector
Elizabeth A. Slacker, President, American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation

Strategic Planning and Fundraising

  Session is in developmental stage, talks schedule will be listed in the final program

Zoology Collections Issues

  Federal Collections at NMNH, Invertebrate Zoology: History and Collection Management Issues
Cheryl F. Bright, Collection Manager, Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington D. C.

Development of a Consistent Framework for Quality Control and Quality Assurance in Fish Taxonomy Associated with Faunistic and Aquatic Community Assessment
Stephen J. Walsh, Ph.D., US Geological Survey, Florida Caribbean Science Center, Gainesville, FL and Michael A. Meador, US Geological Survey, North Carolina Ecology Group, Raleigh, NC

Conservation Issues


Preventive Conservation as a Strategy for the In-Perpetuity Preservation of Federally-Associated Collections
Nicola Ladkin, Registrar and Adjunct Professor, Museum of Texas Tech University.

The Internet, Communications Technology, and Collections


When is the information enough? When is it not?
Rusty Russell, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

The Internet, Communications Technology and Collections Web-based Publication and Public Communication
Sue Linder-Linsley, Collections Management, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

The Internet, Communications Technology, and Collections
Allison R. Brigham, Supervisory Biologist, USGS, Denver, CO, and John C, Kingston, Biologist, USGS, Denver, CO

WWW Tool for Analysis of Museum Collections Biodiversity Data
David R. B. Stockwell, University of California, San Diego, CA

Accountability of Federally-Associated Collections


Accountability for Collections within the Department of the Interior
Bobbie Ferguson, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO

Accountability In The Management Of Federally-Associated Archeological Collections
Bobbie Ferguson and Myra Giessen, Bureau of Reclamation

6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Reception at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park

Thursday, November 19


9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.: Morning Sessions with Discussion

Dealing with the Costs of Curation: Past, Present and Future: I

Curation: Can Archaeology Afford the Future?
Lynne E. Christenson, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

The Adoption and Use of Curation Fees Across the United States
S. Terry Childs, Archaeology and Ethnography Program, National Park Service

Curation Fee Structures at the University of Alabama Museums Office of Archaeological Services
Eugene Futato, Office of Archaeological Services, Moundville Archaeological Park

Assessing Costs for Integrated Approaches to Managing the Archaeological Record
Patricia A. Clabaugh, Center for Ecological Archaeology, Texas A&M University

Preparation And Curation Costs: The Hidden Expenses In Vertebrate Fossil Care
Carrie L. Herbel and Michael T. Greenwald, Museum of Geology, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Biodiversity Value of Federal Collections


Introduction to collections-based federal environmental assessment programs.
John C. Kingston, USGS, National Water Quality Laboratory, Arvada, CO

Aspects of the relationship between federal collections and the museum community
Edward C. Theriot, University of Texas, Texas Memorial Museum, Austin, TX and Roberta Faul-Zeitler, Association of Systematics Collections, Washington, DC

Immediate and long-term returns from natural history specimens
J. Patrick Kociolek, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

Problems faced by university scientists engaged in taxonomically oriented, federally sponsored, research
Eugene F. Stoermer, University of Michigan, Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences, Ann Arbor, MI

National Collections - are they relevant databases for biodiversity and environmental monitoring?
Paul Hamilton, Canadian Museum of Nature, Research Division, Ottawa, Canada

Summary and closing remarks Allison Brigham, USGS, National Water Quality Laboratory, Arvada, CO

Dealing with the Costs of Curation: Past, Present and Future II


Keeping a Lid on Curation Costs
Cindy Stankowski, Acting Director, San Diego Archaeological Center, San Diego, CA

Standardizing Rehabilitation and Annual Maintenance Costs for Federal Archaeological Collections
Marc Kodack, US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO

Ordnance and Weaponry Collections: "The Boom in the Back"


US Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD: Museum Restoration Projects
Patricia McCloskey, Cultural Resource Specialist, US Army Ordnance Center and School

Explosive Ordnance Safety: The Boom in the Back
Barbara Windle Moe, Curator, Naval Undersea Museum and Additional Participants.

Department of Defense: Archaeological Collections Management I


Maintaining Archaeological Collections in the Department of Defense: An Overview
Stanley Bond, US Army Environmental Center

Department of Defense Strategy
Michael K. Trimble, US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, and Toni Patton Miller, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Environmental Security, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

The New Jersey National Guard Project
James Barnes, US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis and Dean Arrighi, New Jersey Army National Guard

Aberdeen Proving Ground's Archaeological Collections: Developing a Memorandum of Understanding under 36 CFR Part 79
David Blick, Cultural Resource Manager, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Archaeology Collections at Ft. Bliss
Amy Marshall, Curator of Archaeology, Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX

12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.: Lunch

2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.: Afternoon Sessions with Discussion

Department of Defense: Archaeological Collections Management II

US Army NAGPRA Inventory
Lee Forester, US Army Environmental Center

Naval Air Station, North Island's Collections Management Program: A Case Study for Installation-Level Improvement of Archaeological Collections
Andy Yatsko, Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, CA

Department of Defense Inventory
Kelly Wissehr, Kenneth Shigleton, And Eugene Marino, US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO

Field Collection and Curation Guidelines in the Department of Defense
Suzanne Griset and Marc Kodack, US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO

Department of Defense Curation Database Requirements
Teresa Militello and Natalie Drew, US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO

Trans-Border Issues: The United States, Mexico, and Federal Laws


Scientific Smuggling
Mike Osborn, Supervisory Wildlife Inspector, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Stolen Cultural Property Issues
Coordinator Bill Tompkins, National Collection Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution. Session is in developmental stage, talks schedule will be listed in final program

Partnership Case Studies


Partnership Case Study: BOR and DUMA
Jan I. Bernstein, University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, Denver, CO The University of Denver Museum of Anthropology (DUMA) and the US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)

Partnerships at Sitka National Historical Park
Sue Thorsen, National Park Service

Federally Associated Collections: Opportunities For Collaboration or Not?
Allen Bohnert, Southeast Regional Curator, National Park Service, Atlanta, GA

Oral Histories and other Archival Resources


Oral History, Alaska Native Land Claim, and the Management of Culturally Sensitive Federal Collections
Kenneth L. Pratt, Archaeologist (ANSCA Program Manager), BIA ANSCA Office, Anchorage, AK

Reel History and Native Alaskans: Collection Collaborations by the Smithsonian Film Archives, NSF and the National Park Service
John P. Homiak, Director Human Studies Film Archives, National Anthropological Archives

Collections Standards, Accreditation and Resource Sharing


Standards for Held-in-Trust: The Accreditation of State Institutions in Texas
Valerie Butler, Susan Baxevanis, and Eileen Johnson, Anthropology Division, Museum of Texas Tech University

Archaeological Curation Standards: Killing Two (Or More) Birds With One Stone
Paula Johnson, Paragon Research Associates, Seattle

Federally-Associated Art and History Collections


The TVA Historic Collection
Mike Dobrogosz, Curator, Tennessee Valley Authority Historic, Norris, TN

3:30 - 5:00 P.M.: Reports from Round Table Discussion Groups

Friday, November 20

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.: Closing Plenary Session

Roundtable Recommendations

The closing plenary session will open with reports from the leaders of roundtable discussions during the lunch on Wednesday and during the 3:30 - 5:00 time slot on Thursday. What needs to happen next? These reports will include recommendations of conference participants that were refined during the roundtable discussions.

Seeking Consensus


Will Phillips, QM2, will facilitate a discussion of the entire group, seeking consensus on strategies, priorities, and next-step action items that we will target to occur beyond the conference. Action items will be assigned to existing or new working groups who have recommended strategies, priorities, and actions.

Next Steps


With your help, we will adjourn after identifying critical next steps needed to improve our management of federally-associated collections.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.: Post-Conference Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Balboa Park Museums

Tours of the following collections will be available for sign-up at the conference (please see conference registration form for more information):

  • Natural History
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Military
  • Art
  • Aerospace

Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation Repository


A tour of the collections repository and lab facility will be available for sign-up at the conference. The repository has collections in the following areas; Archeology, Military and History.