MemberSarah Reidell

…“Replicating Original Leather Surfaces with Textured Repairs” at the Leather in Book Conservation Pre-session Symposium, The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting, Houston TX. May 29, 2018. …
…American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Fellow…
…Margy E. Meyerson Head Of Conservation, Kislak Center For Special Collections, Rare Books And Manuscripts…

Sarah Reidell is the Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries where she supervises and manages the activities and staff within the new Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory. A conservator of rare books, paper, and parchment, she is responsible for the care and treatment of the special collections, consisting of about 300,000 rare books and 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts. Working with the Associate University Librarian/Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections and other Library staff, she is developing and implementing a new conservation program for the long-term sustainability of the Libraries’ special collections holdings. Sarah holds an MLIS/CAS in Conservation (University of Texas) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (Bryn Mawr College). A Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), she serves as the AIC Publications Committee Chair. She also lectures and leads hands-on professional development workshops for conservators on areas of technical expertise and conservation practice.

MemberFletcher Durant

…American Institute for Conservation

American Library Association

Society of American Archivists

Association of College and Research Libraries

Association of Library Collections and Technical Services…
…2008   MSIS, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin
2008   Certificate of Advanced Study in the Preservation and Conservation of Library and Archival Materials, Kilgarlin Center for the Preservation of the Cultural Record, University of Texas at Austin
2003    BA, History, Wesleyan University…

Fletcher Durant is the Preservation Librarian at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries. His work focuses on the preventive conservation of library and archival materials, the sustainability of cultural heritage, and risk management. He is a trained book and paper conservator and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. Prior to joining the University of Florida, he was the Preservation Archivist for NYU Libraries and an Assistant Conservator for Special Collection at the New York Public Library.

MemberVanessa Muros

…Conservation Specialist and Lecturer…
…UCLA/Getty Conservation Program…
…I received a BA in Archaeology from Boston University and an MA in Archaeology from University College London. I then completed an MSc conservation at University College London focusing on the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects. I’m currently working towards my PhD at the Laboratory of Archaeometry, Univ. of the Peloponnese….

I am archaeological conservator specializing in the conservation of inorganic materials, mainly metals and glass.  My research interests are in the deterioration of archaeological materials and technical studies of archaeological objects. I am currently completing a PhD focusing on the technology and trade of Late Bronze Age glass in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean with a focus on material from sites on the periphery or outside palatial Mycenaean Greece. I also work as a conservator on several archaeological excavations and am currently working on projects in Greece and Peru.

MemberHéctor Berdecía-Hernández

…Berdecía-Hernández received an M.Sc. Historic Preservation with a concentration on Architectural Conservation and restoration at the University of Pennsylvania, a B.EnvD. in Environmental Design-Architecture with a double major in History of the Americas, and a Post-Bachelor Certificate in Urban Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. He also studied Conservation Science courses within Georgetown University and the Universitá degli Studi de Firenze….

Héctor Berdecía-Hernández received his education in architecture, history, architectural preservation, and materials conservation. He serves as the founding Director/Coordinator-General of the Escuela Taller de Conservación del Patrimonio Histórico de Puerto Rico of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP by its acronym in Spanish). He also directs the Division for the Research, Study, and Analysis of Cultural Heritage at the Escuela Taller. Berdecía-Hernández has worked in several architectural conservation and restoration projects at Quinn Evans, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), and the Historic American Building Survey at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol as a Córdova-Fernós Fellow in Washington D.C. He also served as Editorial Assistant for Change Over Time, the international journal on conservation and the built environment, a semiannual award-winning journal published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He has served on several professional, academic and non-profit organization boards. He is currently Communications Officer, Secretary, and Lead Editor of the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) Board of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). As an emerging architectural conservator and educator, his research focuses on the conservation of historic buildings and sites, with an emphasis on materials and technologies of 19th & 20th Century built heritage, contemporary design in historical settings, and issues related to preservation policy and sustainable development.

MemberPeter Verheyen

Peter D. Verheyen is a Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. He was formerly Head of Preservation and Conservation and began his involvement in conservation and the book arts while a work-study student in the conservation lab at the Johns Hopkins University Library. After interning in the conservation lab of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany he completed a formal apprenticeship in hand bookbinding at the Kunstbuchbinderei Klein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, passing examinations in 1987. Further conservation studies were held at the Professional School for Book Restoration of the Centro del bel libro Ascona in Switzerland in 1987. He was Mellon intern in book conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988. In Chicago he worked as assistant conservator at Monastery Hill Bindery and to William Minter. In 1991 he began work as assistant conservator at the Yale University Library. In 1993 he became rare book conservator at the Cornell University Library, before establishing the conservation lab at the Syracuse University Libraries where he also led several digitization projects. He is past exhibitions and publicity chair for the Guild of Book Workers. His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, and in invitational and solo exhibitions throughout the USA and abroad. In 1994 he founded Book_Arts-L and the Book Arts Web, also publishing The Bonefolder: e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist. He was awarded the Guild’s Laura Young Award for service to the organization in 2009, and their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. For a complete record of his professional activities please view his Curriculum Vitae online.

MemberGeorge Bryant

As an independent architectural historian, I have researched, written and published articles on the English stained glass designer Henry Holiday, the architect Frank Furness, and the development of the artistic attached house. My articles have been published in Architectural History, The Journal of Stained Glass, Common Bond, and The Germantown Crier. I have also presented my research through lectures and conferences for local and national groups. I have given lectures for the Society of Architectural Historians, The Victorian Society of America, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, The American Glass Guild and the Chestnut Hill Conservancy.

MemberVincent Michael

Vincent L. Michael, PhD, Executive Director of the Conservation Society of San Antonio, is Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he was Vice Chair of the Preservation and Sites Committee and the Diversity Task Force.  His 37 year career in heritage conservation includes senior positions such as Chair of the National Council for Preservation Education and John Bryan Chair of Historic Preservation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught historic preservation for 16 years.  A prominent keynote speaker and widely read writer, Vincent has also worked on heritage projects in Asia, South America and Europe.

MemberWilko Graf von Hardenberg

My main disciplinary affiliation is environmental history, but I could also be termed a social historian, a historical geographer, or a digital humanist. My most recent research activities focus on the social history of the environment and on the history of science. In particular, I look at conflicts about rights to access resources, the history of nature conservation, and the development of the concept of mean sea level.