This morning was mostly spent in meetings. We started off with an employee devotional. I’ll just say I was surprised with how well the conservators sing! I worked on setting up an employee e-mail account and my future work station with my archives supervisor, Brandon (he’s super cool). Then I went on a field trip with all of the CHL conservation staff to the Church History Museum. We had a Conservation Team meeting. I got to meet Larry, the wood restorationist, and Anna, the textile and artifact intern. It was very interesting to hear them strategize about becoming a better team and hearing about what everyone’s current projects are. Then I got a tour of two conservation labs and the wood shop and related shops in the deep dark basement of the museum.
After lunch, Russ, the photo conservator, was all set up to help me build a clamshell box. I have only made one and that was 26 years ago. I remember thinking I never want to make another one of those. However, Russ is an expert (he learned from Chris-the Lab team leader- who is very cool). Russ taught me a whole new way of building a box that requires 0 math. We looked at the book we were going to house and selected cloth to match and a liner paper that wouldn’t show all of the dirt. The following photo series shows some of the steps.