Modern Alchemy: New Technologies for Museum Collections

Symposium: Modern Alchemy: New Technologies for Museum Collections

Friday, September 23, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24, 2016: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Over the course of two decades, the field of museum technology has grown at an accelerated rate. The Helmerich Center for American Research invites you to attend the symposium Modern Alchemy: New Technologies for Museum Collections where internationally-recognized scientists and researchers will discuss how cutting-edge technology and new methods for imaging and collections analysis have expanded our knowledge of past cultures and provided new insights into historic objects. Exciting new discoveries like hidden residue on ancient ceramic figures and obscured text and drawings on famous works of art along with the future of collections research will be discussed at this two-day event to be held at the Helmerich Center for American Research on September 23-34, 2016.

Holly Witchey, Director of the Wade Project at the Western Reserve Historical Society and Johns Hopkins University professor, will be the symposium’s keynote speaker. She describes the Wade Project as a “multi-year collaborative project to create a model for studying individual family histories.” She also teaches Ethics and New Technologies for Museum Professionals at John Hopkins University. For her work on the Wade Project, she was named one of Cleveland’s “Most Interesting People of 2016” in Cleveland Magazine.

Other speakers include Dr. Adam King (University of South Carolina), Dr. Michael Toth (University College London), Dr. Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass (Yale University), Diana Folsom (Helmerich Center for American Research), Ann Boulton (Gilcrease Museum), Dr. Fenella France (Library of Congress), Dr. Bob Pickering (University of Tulsa), Joanna Didik (Helmerich Center for American Research), and Dr. Brent Seales (University of Kentucky).

Detailed Speaker Information

Program Schedule


Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Registration dates: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Monday, September 19 at 12:00 p.m.

Tickets: $35/Gilcrease Museum members; $50/not-yet-members
Lunch option: $20 (Friday only; see menu below)

Registration is now closed.

There will be a limited number of discounted tickets available for students and educators. Please contact Karol Ellington at 918-631-6412 for additional information.

Optional Lunch Menu

Mixed Greens with Grilled Red Onion, Grape Tomatoes, and English Cucumbers with Herbed Vinaigrette

Grilled Pesto Chicken with Summer Vegetable Hash
Roasted Sunfish with Lemon Caper Sauce
Rosemary Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
French Green Beans with Roasted Red Peppers

Peach and Blackberry Crisp

For more information, please contact Karol Ellington at 918-631-6412, or