Museum Studies Partners with Campbell Center for Historic Preservation

WIU – QC Museum Studies students Lacy Bettcher (Dubuque, IA) and Lauren Sciascia (Aurora, IL) at Care of Paintings at the Campbell Center.  (Photo by Kristine Mullen)

A new partnership between WIU-QC Museum Studies Program and the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation allowed 15 students to attend three to five day sessions this summer and into the fall. The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies (CCHPS) has existed for 30 years at the former home of Shimer College in Mt. Carroll, IL.

Matthew Toland (Rushville, IL) attended several sessions throughout the summer including Making Storage Boxes, Mounts and Enclosures, Preservation of Archives and Care of Book Collections. He has stayed on as a volunteer to help develop an alumni association for the Campbell Center. “I believe in what the Campbell Center is doing and I want to give back in whatever way that I can” Toland said. “It is a great way to get hands-on experience with the types of materials and objects that we talk about and study in our Museum Studies classes. It is also such a great opportunity to get to work with museum professionals from around the world. They have teachers from the Art Institute of Chicago, The National Archives (Wash D.C.), The Field Museum (Chicago) and even The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I can’t wait for next summer!”

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