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Friday, May 17 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Objects) When and Why You Might Consider Separating Collection Containers From their Original Contents

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On several occasions in recent years at the Minnesota Historical Society, it has become necessary to transfer the original liquid contents from several containers held within our collections. Typically this was done in order to better preserve both the container and the contents. There are numerous Curatorial rationales behind these decisions, and I will explore a few of these situations. One particularly interesting example were two one-gallon bottles of perfume, which upon investigation were part of an elaborate and illegal scheme to avoid anti-liquor laws during Prohibition! Other examples include when the contents are potentially less relevant than the container, or when the contents might be harmful to the container.

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Thomas J. Braun

Head of Conservation and Senior Objects Conservator, Minnesota Historical Society
Thomas J. Braun is the Head of Conservation and the Senior Objects Conservator at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Tom holds a BA in Art History from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Art History from Tufts University, and an MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Salon B1, Uncas Ballroom
  Specialty Session, Objects
  • Track Objects
  • Ticketed Included in Main Registration
  • Authors in Publication Order Thomas J. Braun
  • Abstract ID 18729
  • Tags original liquid contents,containers,perfume,Prohibition,Minnesota Historical Society