The Forums

It’s Alive! Petals to Primates:
Preservation Challenges of Living Collections
February 19 and 20, 2009
San Diego, California

Webcast now available!
 

Zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, and living history farms face a remarkable range of challenges in caring for and sustaining their treasured living collections. These issues are rarely recognized by the public but are of major significance to the survival of collections of animals and plants. For smaller institutions these problems are especially acute.

It’s Alive! Petals to Primates: Preservation Challenges of Living Collections, held in San Diego on February 19 and 20, 2009, was a forum to address issues of pressing concern to the smaller institutions that are stewards of America’s collections of plants and animals:

    • How to stay current on new directions in collections planning and management.
    • How to protect collections from natural disasters.
    • How to organize and care for the records and photographs that document collections.
    • How to attract funding for collections in tough economic times.

By bringing together the stewards of plant and animal collections, the forum provided a unique opportunity to identify their common ground.
It’s Alive! Petals to Primates: Preservation Challenges of Living Collections was the third in the series of Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) forums in the Connecting to Collections National Tour. It was organized in partnership with Heritage Preservation and the San Diego Zoo. Participation in the forum is free of charge.

Participants in this ground-breaking forum:

    • Attended plenary sessions of panels with speakers who have successfully addressed issues of significance for smaller institutions.
    • Participated in the complimentary lunchtime "Connections Labs" with opportunities to engage speakers, representatives of funding agencies, and other resource representatives.
    • Took home a specially prepared resources packet.
    • Learned about IMLS funding programs by meeting with IMLS staff and representatives of institutions that have received IMLS grants.
    • Received complimentary admission for an afternoon visit and reception at the San Diego Zoo.
    • Received complimentary admission for the registrant and a guest at Balboa Park museums February 18 to 22.

Douglas G. Myers, CEO/Executive Director of the Zoological Society of San Diego, was the forum’s keynote speaker. The forum was held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego.
 

Program 

Thursday, February 19

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
• Anne-Imelda Radice, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC
• Lawrence L. Reger, President, Heritage Preservation, Washington, DC

9:30 Keynote Address
Doug Myers, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Zoological Society of San Diego, San Diego, California

10:00 Break

10:30 Panel I: New Directions in Collections Planning and Management
Moderator:
• Nancy Rogers, Senior Project Coordinator, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC

Panelists:
• Nigella Hillgarth, Executive Director, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla, California
• William Langbauer, Director, Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, Massachusetts
• Christopher Dunn, Director, Harold Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, Hawaii
• Mary Burke, Director of Planning and Collections, UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, California

12:10 p.m. Lunch/Connections Lab*

1:30 Panel II: Beyond Plants and Animals: Caring for Photographic and Archival Collections
Moderator:
• Mary Estelle Kennelly, Associate Deputy Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC

Panelists:
• Catharine Hawks, Objects Conservator, Private Practice, Falls Church, Virginia
• Janet Ruggles, Director, Balboa Art Conservation Center, San Diego, California
• Debra Hess Norris, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Chairperson, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

2:45 Conclusion of day’s program, buses leave for San Diego Zoo

3:30-5:00 Free time at Zoo for meeting participants

5:00-7:00 Reception at Zoo

*Lunch both days will feature the "Connections Lab"-- tables hosted by speakers, representatives of funding agencies, and other resource representatives.

Friday, February 20

8:30 Remarks
• Anne-Imelda Radice, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC
• The Honorable Jerry Sanders, Mayor, San Diego, California

9:00 Panel III: Protecting Collections from Natural Disasters
Moderator:
• Lawrence Reger, President, Heritage Preservation, Washington, DC

Panelists:
• John Lewis, Zoo Director, Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
• Gordon Henley, Zoo Director, Ellen Trout Zoo, Lufkin, Texas
• Bonnie Goldblum, Executive Director, Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, Louisiana
• Dave Dalton, Security Director, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, California

10:40 Break

11:10 Panel IV: Finding the Funding to Save our Collections
Moderator:
• Mamie Bittner, Deputy Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC

Panelists:
• Peter Ellsworth, President, Legler Benbough Foundation, San Diego, California
• Marsha Semmel, Deputy Director for Museum Services and Strategic Partnerships, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC

12:25 Program Concludes

12:30 – 3:30 Lunch/Connections Lab

*Lunch both days will feature the "Connections Lab"-- tables hosted by speakers, representatives of funding agencies, and other resource representatives.