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"Handveving/Handweaving: Norway and America" was an exhibit on display at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, from October l, 1997 to April 5, 1998. The exhibit discussed the weaving process undertaken by peoples in Norway as well as Norwegian immigrants in the US. The exhibit was arranged in three sections: "Creating the Tradition", which featured tools necessary for creating woven textiles, "Nurtured by Tradition", which showcased pieces completed by American weavers who follow the Norwegian tradition, and "Preserving the Tradition", which focused on highlights of Vesterheim's textile collection. As an intern at Vesterheim in the Fall of 1997, it was my duty to assist with the research, preparation, and installation of this exhibit.
Procedures I followed included the professional handling and gathering of objects, conservation and continued preservation of objects, the creation and production of textual labels and supplementary materials, and the physical installation of all of the prepared materials into Vesterheim's Hague Gallery. "Handveving/Handweaving: Norway and America" was the centerpiece of Vesterheim' s two-day international Conference on Norwegian Woven Textiles held in October 1997. My attendance at the conference included a gallery reception, listening to workshops on traditional and modem weaving techniques, and an additional full day workshop entitled "Conservation of Textiles and Costume" led by Professor Sara Kadolph ofiowa State University. This internship experience enhanced my skills in exhibiting, researching, and selecting artifacts for display and allowed me to glean knowledge from a wide variety of museum professionals.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
©1998 by the University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Hynek, Lisa C.
"Experiences as an Intern at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 2:
1, Article 24.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol2/iss1/24