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2019 Spring Workshop: Danger! Handling Hazardous Materials

Monday, May 13, 2019, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Benton County Museum
1101 Main Street, Philomath, OR

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$ 35  for OMA members
$ 50  for non-members, which includes OMA annual membership

(Boxed lunch included)


The quiet workrooms and storage areas of museums house a number of items that present danger to unsuspecting museum staff and others. Of primary concern are firearms and ammunition. But many explosive, flammable, and/or poisonous chemicals contaminate objects routinely displayed in museums.  From residues found on agricultural tools to vintage medicine bottles, unseen chemicals can be as potent today as when first applied.

Join us and discover how best to identify and deal with collection items that are potentially dangerous: from the obvious (handguns, rifles, and swords) to the unexpected (taxidermied animals and Native American baskets treated with arsenic).


During the workshop, Sarah and Joseph will provide helpful guidelines to facilitate identification of unexpected safety problems in your own collection. The proper handling, care, documentation, and storage of a variety of hazardous materials will be discussed. Joseph and Sarah will explore the practical and ethical issues surrounding the care of historic artifacts. Who may handle what? When? What state/local agencies regulate the handling of these materials?



Benton County Museum
1101 Main Street, Philomath, OR (directions)

Share examples from your museum’s holdings. 

Participants are cautioned to bring only photographs or digital images to share. 

Digital images will be projected on screen and shared with the group.

Past workshops

2018 Spring Workshop - Albums of Ephemera with Elizabeth Chambers

May 21, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Willamette Heritage Center

Salem, OR

2017 Spring Workshop - Basketry with Margaret Mathewson

May 22, 2017

Philomath, OR

2016 Spring Workshop - Basics of Archives

April 18, 2016

Prineville, OR

2015 Spring Workshop - Interpretation and Collections Care at Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center: A Tribal Perspective on Collaborating with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

March 9, 2015

Grand Ronde, OR

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