Beth Richwine

Senior Objects Conservator

M.A., with Certificate of Advanced Studies in Art Conservation, State University College at Buffalo

B.A., Historic Preservation, Mary Washington College

Research Specialties 

Outreach to general public on care and handling of historical artifacts.

Role in Museum 

Surveys of objects going on exhibition or loan to assess the condition and determine treatment needs. Responsible for the cleaning, repair, and compensation of three-dimensional objects in preparation for exhibition and loan. Supervision of contractors and interns and management of the day-to-day operations of the Objects Conservation Lab.

  • SITES exhibitions
  • Loans
  • De-installation of exhibitions
  • Lemelson Center exhibitions
  • Recent Acquisitions Case
  • The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
  • Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
  • Separate is Not Equal: Brown vs. Board of Education
  • America on the Move
  • Artifiicial Anatomy
  • September 11: Bearing Witness to History
  • West Point in the Making of America
  • The Presidency: A Glorious Burden
  • Tools of Mathematics
  • Piano 300
  • If These Walls Could Talk
  • A Collector's Vision of Puerto Rico
  • On Time
  • Information Age
  • From Parlor to Politics
  • American Encounters
  • Ceremonial Court


  • "Preservation of Computers at the National Museum of American History "(Electronic Media Specialty Group, American Institute for Conservation annual conference, Portland, Ore., 2004)
  • "Jerome Exposed: Treatment of a 19th Century Anatomical Model" (Objects Specialty Group, American Institute for Conservation annual conference, Dallas, Tex., 2001)
  • "Care and Handling of Museum Artifacts and Disaster Planning" (Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, 1997)
  • "Bead Materials: A Conservator's Perspective" (Third International Bead Conference, Washington, D.C., 1995)
  • "Mechanical Objects at the National Museum of American History" (Typewriter Collectors Convention, Kansas City, Mo., 1993)
  • "Ensuring a Future for Our Present High-Tech Past: Lessons from the ENIAC for the Conservation of Major Electronic Technology" (Joint paper and talk with Jon Eklund at Saving the Twentieth Century: The Conservation of Modern Materials conference, Ottawa, Canada, 1991)
Professional Affiliations 

American Institute for Conservation