Preservation Week Road Show

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Kick off National Preservation Week by attending the Preservation Week Road Show at the History Center. Learn about the value of historic objects in your family collections and how to best care for and preserve them from appraisers and collection conservators.

We have assembled valued professionals in their fields to provide free one-on-one consultations. Guests register for specific time slots for the road show and choose from the wide list of experts. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Make a ticketed timed reservation or call (317) 232-1882.

Free informative programs will be offered throughout the day.

Indiana State Library,  Room 401
10:45  a.m. How to use the State Library
11:00 a.m.  How to Use the State Archives,  Alan January, Director of Patron Services, Indiana State Archives

History Center, William H. Smith Memorial Library
11:30  a.m. How to Use Family History Resources and,  Suzanne Hahn, Vice President, IHS Library and Archives

History Center, Multipurpose Room
1:30  p.m. To Give and to Receive, Sharon A Smith Theobald, Appraisal Associates International
2:15  p.m. Bling! 101, Catherine Folger,  The Jewelry Judge, Appraiser
2:45  p.m. The Characteristics of Value, J. Scott Keller,  J. Scott Keller, Personal Property Appraiser 
3:15  p.m. The Work of a Conservator, Katherine Lechuga, Book Conservator, IHS

In addition, guests who register will have the opportunity to tour the Indiana Experience, including the W. Brooks and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab, which features methods used by conservation staff to safely apply tissue paper mends to paper tears.


J. Scott Keller,  personal property appraiser
Fine art, antiques, silver, china, historical works on paper, Asian antiquities

Dan Ripley, Antique Helper Auctions
Paintings,prints,designs, decorative arts

Donna Einhorn, Einhorn and Brown Valuations
Antiques and decorative arts, books, prints, documents, works on paper

Ben Solomon, Solomon-Paris Antiques and Interiors
Antiques, furniture, paintings, silver, porcelain

Harvey Warmer, IronBrigade Books
Civil War diaries, letters, memorabilia

Mike Joseph,  Joseph's Oriental Rugs
Oriental rugs, kilims, and tapestries

Bob Kasnak, furniture appraiser, Kasnak Restorations
Furniture and wood accessories

Catherine Folger, certified gemologist
Fine jewelry


Rebecca Shindel,conservator, Indiana State Library
Documents, manuscripts and fine art on paper

Elizabeth Hague,conservator, Indiana State Archives
Documents and manuscripts

Linda Witkowski, senior paintings conservator, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Susan Rogers, senior conservator, Indiana Historical Society
Photographs and fine art on paper, parchment

Kathy Lechuga, book conservator, Indiana Historical Society
Books, pamphlets

Kathleen Kiefer, director, MaterialCulture Conservation

As with most road show events, there are size limitations and other restrictions for type of object brought to the event, but detailed photographs of objects too large for guests to carry and maintain during the visit are welcomed by appraisers and conservators. Appraisers invite registered guests to send photographs of any object prior to the road show to allow for detailed research. Contact information will be provided to appraisers for those appraisers who wish to know more details about an item.