Suzanne R. Thomassen-Krauss

Senior Textile Conservator/Chief Conservator Star-Spangled Banner Project

M.S. Art Conservation, certificate in Textile Conservation, University of Delaware/H. F. duPont Winterthur Program

B.A., Art History, SUNY at New Paltz

Art History, University of Delaware, graduate work toward MA but no degree conferred

Internships: University of Pennsylvania Museum, Smithsonian Institution, ICOMOS/RempArt

Role in Museum: 

Responsible for the conservation, preservation, storage and exhibition of textile and costume artifacts; responsible for the conservation, preservation, and exhibition of the Star-Spangled Banner, Chemical Hygiene Officer for NMAH.

Projects: 
  • The Star-Spangled Banner Project-conservation and scientific research programs
  • Materials Evaluation Program
  • Integrated Pest Management Program
  • Environmental Program
  • Chaired director's task force on upgrading permanent exhibitions
  • Distance learning outreach programs for the Star-Spangled Banner project
  • Flag storage project
  • Political memorabilia storage project,
  • Rotating quilt display case
  • First Ladies: From Parlor to Politics exhibition
  • The Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibition
  • American Encounters exhibition
  • Cermonial Court exhibition
  • Material World exhibition
  • Information Age exhibition
  • Science in American Life exhibition
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Fellow
  • International Institute for Conservation, Associate
  • North American Textile Conservation Conference, board member
  • Smithsonian Institution Women's Council, board member