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.

Projects: 
  • 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

Lectures/Talks/Papers:

  • "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