A History of Wallpaper

Posted on | April 24, 2009 | No Comments

Getting busy here lately. I have been invited to teach a course In June on the history of wallpaper.  The class will last three days and will be hosted by the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, located in historic Mt. Carroll, Illinois.  Besides what you’ll find on the link, Program Director Sharon Welton sent this summary along if you’re unacquainted (as I was) with their work and mission:   

The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies provides intensive, hands-on training workshops in the fields of architectural historic preservation, collections care, and conservation of cultural objects. 

Workshops are usually three to five days in length.  Tuition at the Campbell Center includes room and board on our campus.  We provide a private room with a shared bath and homemade meals.  Other amenities include the use of our extensive preservation library and wireless internet access.

Many students return year after year because of the unique combination of top-rate instruction, courses in current topics, tranquil surroundings, and the opportunity to network and share ideas with other students and instructors who share common objectives.  Participants are frequently museum professionals, conservators, technicians, architects, librarians, archivists, and preservation specialists.  Since 1980, over 1,500 students from all 50 states and more than ten foreign countries have attended workshops at the Campbell Center.  Our expert instructors represent a variety of respected institutions and professional organizations.  Class sizes are small, and courses are offered for various skill levels.

By the way, the library (shown above) is just one of the wonderful Georgian Revival buildings from the early 20th century which dot the Campbell Center’s 14-acre campus.

Pictured below is a session from a “Hinging and Matting” workshop.

 It’s really a unique educational facility, and I’m very pleased to have been invited to participate.  I would like to make the course as practical as possible and hope to learn something about the students who enroll beforehand so I can tailor some of the information to their needs…


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