The Campbell Center

The Campbell Center
The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies is the premiere program for continuing education in museum studies. You can sign up for a single course or register for one of the Center’s certificate programs in collections care or historic preservation.

Each year the Campbell Center offers a wide selection of courses to add to your arsenal of museum career skills. Highlights of the 2011 catalog include (please visit the Center’s website for a complete listing at

Historic Preservation
Historic Paint Analysis
Historic Window restoration
Introduction to Historic Preservation Theory
Preservation of Gravestones and Cemetery Monuments
Writing Historic Structures Reports
Overview of American Architecture Styles
Historic Interior Finishes
Log and Timber Frame Building Preservation

Collections Care Courses
Care and Preservation of Furniture and Other Wooden Objects
Care and Identification of Digital Photography
Care of Leather and Fur
Care of Historic Scrapbooks
Care of Paintings
Care of Paper Artifacts
Digitizing Museum Collections
Green Exhibit Design
Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Integrated Pest Management
Packing and Shipping Workshop
Mannequin Making Workshop
Making Storage Boxes, Mounts and Enclosures
Understanding Archives
Principles of Collection Management
Grant Writing for Collections Care
Collections Policies for Small Museums
Creating Traveling Museum Kits for Community Outreach

Conservation Refresher Courses
Mastering Inpainting
Microchemical Analysis for Conservators
Traditional Gilding
Enzymes and their Targets for Use in Paper Conservation

Course costs vary from $225 to $1575. Scholarships are available to defray registration costs. Visit the Campbell Center’s website for a complete list of available scholarships and the requirements for each.

The Campbell Center is located in the rural community of Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Due to its location, it requires some extra effort to get to the campus. Participants who fly into Chicago’s O’Hare Airport should plan to book a ticket for the Van Galder Bus Line to the terminal Rockford, Illinois, where a shuttle driver from the Campbell Center will pick you up. Shuttle service must be arranged ahead of time through the Campbell Center. If you plan to rent a car, you should fly into the Quad-Cities Airport.

The author is not affiliated with The Campbell Center.

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