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Helping National Museum of Brazil, Philly Must-sees, and ARCS Social Mexico City-Read more in ARCS Update Vol 3 | Update 19

September 11, 2018 | ARCS News

How You Can Help Brazil’s National Museum

The devastating fire at Brazil’s Museu Nacional has touched all of us who are dedicated to our collections. Although the millions of artifacts lost cannot be physically replaced, there are initiatives to try to build digital archives of the museum and its collections.  

Wikipedia is encouraging people to upload pictures from the museum to its Wikimedia Commons repository. Instructions on how to do so can be found here.  And students at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro have also started a crowdsourcing effort, asking people to send any images they may have to one of 3 email addresses:  thg.museo@gmail.com, lusantosmuseo@gmail.com and isabeladfrreitas@gmail.com.

Events like this remind us of the importance of being prepared with our own disaster and recovery plans. ARCS has a list of resources in the Programs section of our webpage that you may find useful in disaster planning, or for your own recovery efforts.

Fun in Philly

Find out what people recommend to see in Philly at the next ARCS conference in the new forum at arcsinfo.org. Join the conversation and add your recommendations!

ARCS Social – October 4, 2018 in Mexico City

ARCS is pleased to announce our next networking social for both ARCS members and soon-to-be members. 


October 4, 2018, 6 – 8 PM

Gob. Rafael Rebollar 94
Col. San Miguel Chapultepec
11850 Mexico City, Mexico

These get-togethers are a wonderful way for you to get to know other registrars and collections specialists in your area. They are casual, (no sales pitches!) and fun. AND bring your business card, because at every ARCS Social there is a draw for a free one-year ARCS membership!

Thanks to our sponsors


RSVP for the Mexico City ARCS Social

Meet Your Board Member

This week we would like to introduce you to Board member Erin McKeen. Erin is the Collections Manager and Registrar at the Barack Obama Presidential Library where she oversees the collections management and registration functions for the collections.  Before relocation to Chicagoland as part of her current position with the National Archives and Records Administration, Erin lived and worked in Washington, DC for multiple federally managed collections and museums including the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, the Interior Museum at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and with the Fine Arts Program in the U.S. General Services Administration.  Erin has served on the ARCS Board since 2016 and is the Chair of the Education Committee and is Co-chair of the RCS Mentoring Program.  In her free time, Erin enjoys travel, cooking, reading, hiking, visiting museums, going to happy hour, and spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.  

Register Now! Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Institutions

Integrated Pest Management Plans are an integral, and oftentimes overlooked, core collection policy. The Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) and the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) are pleased to offer a day and a half conference of presentations and practical exercises, where speakers will discuss the elements of an integrated pest management plan, present tools for identifying common pests and the best monitoring strategies, introduce types of treatments appropriate for collections objects, and summarize common hazards staff may come in contact with when dealing with pests in their collection.

November 14 – 15, 2018

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Atlanta, GA

Registration Fees:

  • $150 non-members
  • $125 ARCS and CCAHA members

Registration deadline: October 25, 2018

For more information and to register, please click here.

Vibration Webinar Now Online

Did you miss the webinar on Successful Implementation of Vibration Control During Museum Construction Projects?  Click here to view the recording.

Important Dates

  • October 2, 2018  6 PM ET #ARCSchat on Twitter. Participate and follow here.
  • October 4, 2018  ARCS Social in Mexico City. RSVP here.
  • November 14-15, 2018. Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Institutions Conference. Register here.
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