International Preservation Studies Center IPSC

The International Preservation Studies Center (formerly known as the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies) was one of the top international destinations for practical, hands-on training in collections care, historic preservation, and conservation refresher. Over the past 38 years, the Center had positioned itself as a leader in the field of preservation, offering over 75 short courses and workshops to meet the training needs of cultural heritage professionals around the world. Their instructors are working professionals in the field who provided their participants with their expert instruction in best practices.

Founded in 1980, IPSC had evolved from a small center designed specifically for historic preservation training, to one of the leading training organizations for museum professionals, librarians, archivists, conservationists, and historic preservationists.

The Center was located on the campus of Highland Community College in beautiful Freeport, Illinois.

And then on 20 February 2018 Highland Community College made an exciting announcement that within the next month, it hopes to become the center for an international program bringing people from around the world to Freeport.

They told how the internationally recognized, one-of-a-kind program that started in 1980 at the former Shimer College campus in Mount Carroll and attract Students from across the U.S. and other countries to enroll in classes to develop skills in the preservation of artifacts, architecture, museum collections and other historic pieces is facing problem. Unfortunately, due to overhead and maintenance, the 14-acre campus with 14 historic buildings was too much for the small nonprofit to support and how last year, the Campbell Center Board decided that IPSC needed to find a new home to keep the program going.

They also added how Highland and other state universities were approached with an invitation to consider purchasing IPSC. Because of the excellent working relationship between Highland and the Campbell Center with mutual strong levels of support, Highland became the preferred recipient for this.

Now as The International Preservation Studies Center is a department in Highland university so its formal website www.preservationcenter.org is now https://highland.edu/department/international-preservation-studies-center/

 

 

The International Preservation Studies Center used to offer over 75 courses on historic preservation, collection care, and conservation. Courses have been grouped into available certificate programs but you do not need to be enrolled in a specific certificate program to take a course.

 Click here for more information on IPSC Certificate Programs

 PRELIMINARY Schedule

March

  • 7-8 Effective Label Writing for a Better Visitor Experience – Barbara Becker
  • 12-15 Creating and Managing Traveling Exhibits – Charity Counts
  • 20-22 Integrated Pest Management – Christa Deacy Quinn

April

  • 1-2 Grant Writing – Bob Beatty
  • 3-6 The Business of Museums – Bob Beatty
  • 10-12 Policy Writing – John Simmons
  • 29-1 Textiles I – Harold Mailand

May

  • 2-4 Textiles II – Harold Mailand
  • 15-17 Methods & Materials – Christa Deacy Quinn
  • 27-31 Gilding Conservation – Hubert Baija

June

  • 4-7 Design & Construction of Mounts for Exhibits – Earl Lock & Pam Gable
  • 10-13 Design & Construction of Mounts for Exhibits – Earl Lock & Pam Gable
  • 20-22 Textile Stabilization Using Sheer Overlays – Camille Meyers Breeze
  • 24-26 Displaying Historical Textiles – Camille Meyers Breeze

July

  • 23-26 Constructing Affordable Storage Mounts and Supports – Anna Cannizzo

August

  • 5-7 Photos I – Gary Albright
  • 8-10 Photos II – Gary Albright

October

  • 8-11 Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery – Sharon Bennett
  • 28-30 Textiles I – Harold Mailand
  • 31- November 2 Textiles II – Harold Mailand

Collections Care Core Courses

Museum Administration, Development, and Operations

  • Collection Management Policies—Preparation, Implementation, Evaluation –
  • Grant Writing for Museum Professionals  
  • Museum Leadership Strategies
  • Introduction to the Museum Profession –
  • Guest-Centered Live Interpretation
  • Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk-Assessment Approach –
  • Constructing Affordable Storage Mounts and Supports –
  • Design and Construction of Mounts for Exhibits – Section III –
  • Grant Writing for Museum Professionals –
  • Collection Management Policies—Preparation, Implementation, Evaluation –
  • Principles of Collection Management –
  • Design and Construction of Mounts for Exhibits – Section I –
  • Design and Construction of Mounts for Exhibits – Section II –
  • Introduction to the Museum Profession –
  • Introduction to Methods and Materials for Collections Care –
  • Integrated Pest Management –
  • Photographing Museum Collections –
  • Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery –
  • Principles of Collections Management-
  • Museum Environmental Monitoring and Management –
  • Packing and Shipping Workshop –

Conservation Refresher Courses

  • Gilding Conservation –
  • Traditional Gilding –
  • Microscopy for Pigment and Fiber Identification in Art and Artifacts –
  • Book Repair Techniques for Special Collections –

Collections Care Specialty Courses

Care of Books and Paper and Photographs

  • Boxes and Enclosures for Libraries and Archives –
  • Historic Book Structures and Materials –
  • Care of Photographic Collections I –
  • Care of Photographic Collections II –
  • Care and Repair of Book Collections –
  • Care of Historic Scrapbooks –
  • Introduction to Rare Book Care and Structure –
  • Introduction to Methods and Materials for Collections Care –
  • Archives: Principles and Practices –
  • Book Repair Techniques for Special Collections –
  • Specialized Matting Techniques for Paper Artifacts –
  • Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk-Assessment Approach –

Exhibits

  • Introduction to Exhibit Design –
  • Mannequin Making Workshop –
  • Displaying Historic Textiles –
  • Design and Construction of Mounts for Exhibits – Section III –
  • Design and Construction of Mounts for Exhibits – Section I –
  • Design and Construction of Mounts for Exhibits – Section II –
  • Rigging and Moving of Art and Artifacts –
  • Specialized Matting Techniques for Paper Artifacts –
  • Effective Label Writing for a Better Visitor Experience –
  • Packing and Shipping Workshop –

Care of 3-Dimensional Artifacts

  • Boxes and Enclosures for Libraries and Archives –
  • Historic Book Structure and Materials –
  • Care and Repair of Book Collections –
  • Care of Historic Scrapbooks –
  • Care of Historic Firearms –
  • Introduction to Methods and Materials for Collections Care –
  • Preservation of Metals –

Care of Textile Collections

  • Mannequin Making Workshop –
  • Introduction to Textile Preservation –
  • Textile Preservation: Guided Practices and Technique-
  • Textile Stabilization Using Sheer Overlays –
  • Displaying Historic Textiles-
  • Introduction to Methods and Materials for Collections Care –

Historic Preservation Courses

  • Integrated Pest Management –
  • Historic Masonry Restoration
  • Architectural Stone Repair & Restoration
  • Understanding Historic Masonry Mortars
  • Introduction to Gravestone and Monument Preservation
  • Advanced Gravestone and Monument Preservation
  • Preservation Maintenance Planning
  • Historic Interior Plaster: Restoration and Preservation
  • Writing Historic Structure Reports
  • Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Architectural Paint Analysis

Now as The International Preservation Studies Center is a department in Highland university so its formal website www.preservationcenter.org  is now https://highland.edu/department/international-preservation-studies-center/

Visit Highland.edu for more information.