UCLA/Getty Conservation Program

A graduate conservation training program focusing on the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic materials

Internship News: Treatment of Aleut/Alutiiq boots at the Alaska State Museum

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For the first part of her third year internship, Lauren Horelick (’10) is working at the Alaska State Museums under the supervision of conservator Ellen Carrlee. Lauren will be carrying out treatments of several objects in addition to helping to develop an Alaskan Fur Id project, the aim of which is to aid in the characterization of various furs seen in Alaskan cultural objects. One of the objects Lauren has treated, a pair of Aleut/Alutiiq child’s knee boots, was featured as the Sheldon Jackson Museum’s artifact of the month. The boots, reportedly made from sea lion esophagus and sealskin, underwent examination and treatment that involved adhesive testing, cleaning, humidification, tear mending and loss compensation. To learn more about the boots, you can read the museum’s press release.

Lauren Horelick (left) treats a pair of Aleut/Alutiiq boots with help from her supervisor, conservator Ellen Carrllee (right)

Lauren Horelick (left) treats a pair of Aleut/Alutiiq boots with help from her supervisor, conservator Ellen Carrllee (right)

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