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Teresa Devlin, The Historic New Orleans Collection
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October 10, 2016 | New Orleans, Louisiana - In response to the recent flooding that devastated south Louisiana, The Historic New Orleans Collection and other local institutions will host a "Restoration Roadshow" on Sunday, Oct. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mall of Louisiana, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. The event, which will take place inside the mall near the entrance to Dillard's, will allow individuals to bring their flood-damaged belongings to area conservators and museum professionals for free consultations on how items can be preserved.
"The city of New Orleans knows all too well the challenges of rebuilding, and we know how difficult it is when treasured items are damaged" said Jack Pruitt, THNOC's director of development and community relations. "We are so appreciative of the help New Orleans and the surrounding areas received from our Louisiana neighbors back in 2005. We want to return the favor by supporting those same communities who are now in need themselves."
THNOC held similar Restoration Roadshow events in the greater New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Sunday's program will be the first time the institution has offered the service since the catastrophic flooding of August 2016.
Joining THNOC in this initiative are the West Baton Rouge Museum and the Office of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
"The West Baton Rouge Museum recognizes the importance of our family papers, photographs, and mementos and hopes to be able to help our friends and neighbors recover items damaged in the recent floods," said museum director Julie Rose.
"I applaud The Historic New Orleans Collection and its collaborators for reaching out a helping hand to their neighbors in need as they work to rebuild their homes and preserve their flood-damaged keepsakes. Our culture is deeper than these floodwaters; and, this group of professional conservators will help individuals salvage their antiques, photographs, family heirlooms and other irreplaceable items," said Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
Admission to Restoration Roadshow is free. Visitors can bring their items or photographs of their items-or simply their questions-to the event for free consultations. Attendees will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
The following is a list of conservators who will be on site at the event to examine and offer practical advice on the preservation of flood-damaged materials:
• Books and paper documents: Beth Antoine and Oa Sjoblom of New Orleans Book and Paper Lab
• Frames and mirrors: Diane Killeen of Diane Killeen Painting Studios
• Furniture: David Broussard, independent furniture conservator, and Robbie Cousins of Cousins Restoration
• Glass and ceramics: Susan Seborg of Southern Art Conservation LLC
• Jewelry and metals: Ellis Joubert, independent conservator
• Painting: Shamil Salah and Nancy Elliott of Hudson and Salah Art Conservation and Elizabeth "Liz" Walker of Elizabethan Gallery
• Photography: Greta Glaser of Crescent City Art Conservation, LLC, and Mallory Taylor with The Historic New Orleans Collection
• Textiles: Jessica Hack of Jessica Hack Textile Restoration
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662.
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