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What Can Conservation Do for You? Preservation in your Home Town
Kate Ridgway will discuss her role as State Archaeological Conservator at the Department of Historic Resources and the help she can provide to members of the public. Her talk will also include highlights of projects during her ten years working for the Commonwealth, including preservation of the WWI monument in Harrisonburg.

Katherine Ridgway is the State Archaeological Conservator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. She has served there since 2013, working with professionals and the public around the Commonwealth to promote the preservation of the State’s rich cultural heritage and working to conserve the roughly 7 million artifacts that belong to Virginia. She is a William and Mary graduate and attended Durham University in Northern England, where she received her master’s degree in the Conservation of Historic Objects.

For five years she was an Assistant Conservator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago where she was responsible for the conservation of artifacts going on loan to other institutions and couriered them around the country and the world. Next, she moved back to her home state of Virginia to take a position as the Fine and Decorative Arts Conservator for George Washington’s Mount Vernon. She spent six and a half years there and then made the move to Richmond for her current position. Her most recent work has focused on working with communities and the boxes and time capsules they have found under monuments and in historic spaces.

Guest Host Randall B. Jones retired from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in 2022 and currently serves as a Trustee for Rocktown History.

Jan 19, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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