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NCPC Conference 2019

When the Unthinkable Happens! Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Heritage Organizations

November 15, 2019

Registration and Continental breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Program 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

McKimmon Center
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC


Core Sound Waterfowl Museum in the wake of Hurricane Florence, September 2018

Recent weather events, such as Hurricanes Dorian and Florence, have brought the topic of disaster preparedness to the forefront for many who work cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina. Is your organization prepared for a disaster, large or small? This conference will delineate the fundamentals of disaster planning, provide ideas for training staff, review lessons learned from past events, and examine local, state, and national recovery resources. Learn from some of our state’s most experienced collections experts about preparing for and surviving disasters—crucial information, should the unthinkable happen.

Speakers include representatives from the following institutions:

  • State Historic Sites
  • Lyrasis
  • N.C. Emergency Management
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
  • Duke University Medical Center Archives
  • Office of State Archaeology
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
  • Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum
  • National Heritage Responders, Foundation for Advancement in Conservation
  • Western Regional Archives

Where? N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606

When? Registration and refreshments begin at 8 a.m.; Content begins at 9 a.m. and extends through 4:30 p.m.

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Thank you to Society of North Carolina Archivists, North Carolina Museum CouncilHollinger Metal Edge, Gaylord Archival, AfterDisaster, and the HF Group for their sponsorship of the NCPC Annual Conference.


NCPC is committed to keeping registration fees affordable so that as many collections stewards, conservators, and students as possibly can attend. Lunch is provided with registration.

Early Bird Registration (through October 11)
$55 for NCPC members
$85 for Non-members
$40 for Students (must present student i.d.)

Standard Registration (October 12-November 14)
$65 for NCPC members
$95 for Non-members
$50 for Students (must present student i.d.)

Same Day Registration (Those who register at the door are not guaranteed a lunch)
$75 for NCPC members
$105 for Non-members
$60 for Students (must present student i.d.)

To register online and pay with a credit card or PayPal transfer, go to our online registration page and submit the form with your payment information. You do not need a PayPal account to pay with a credit or debit card.

To register and pay with a check, please print and complete this form (RegistrationFormConf2019) and mail it to NCPC, PO Box 2651, Durham NC 27715-2651. The form must be postmarked by the registration deadline.

*Staff who work at member institutions may register at the member rate. To see if your institution is a member, visit our membership page.


We value the involvement of students, working professionals, and volunteers whose institutional support is insufficient to attend this conference. NCPC offers a limited number of conference scholarships. This scholarship covers full registration. It does not cover travel, lodging, or other expenses. The application process is simple and consists primarily of telling us why attendance is important for you. Applicants must be employed by or volunteer at a North Carolina institution with a preservation mission that has little or no funding for professional development, or be a graduate student enrolled in a preservation-related discipline at a college or university in North Carolina. To apply for a scholarship, please send an email explaining why attendance is important to you and a current resume to the NCPC Executive Director by October 11. Early registration fees will be honored for any applicants who are not granted a scholarship.

Location: Our host for the NCPC annual conference this year is the McKimmon Conference and Training Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The address is 1101 Gorman Street.  Parking is free.  See Map & Directions.

Hotels: Several hotels are located near the McKimmon Center.  NCPC does not designate a conference hotel.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registration fees are nonrefundable; however, substitutions are permitted. In the unlikely event that the conference is canceled (due to adverse weather or other causes beyond our control) registrants will be notified and fees promptly refunded. NCPC accepts no responsibility in such cases beyond the refund of conference registration fees.

About the North Carolina Preservation Consortium

NCPC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art; archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures. Learn more about NCPC at

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NCPC Membership: The success of our statewide preservation program depends on the talents, diversity, and generosity of our colleagues. We are honored to welcome institution and individuals as members to the consortium. Our minimum annual institutional membership fee is only $100. Higher levels of support are greatly appreciated. Individual memberships are $25 for working professionals and $10 for graduate students. Benefits of NCPC membership include discounts on our continuing education workshops and the annual conference, eligibility for grants and scholarships, networking and leadership opportunities, and recognition for supporting preservation in North Carolina. Together we can make a difference in the survival of our tangible and intangible heritage. Become a member by submitting your application today.

Friends of NCPC: Generous financial support from members, corporate sponsors, and the general public enhance NCPC services and programs. Donations may be given in honor or memory of someone special to you; an inspiring person, teacher, mentor, colleague, friend, or loved one. Your financial support will help NCPC preserve heritage collections and sites for present and future generations. Join the Friends of NCPC today or contact the NCPC Executive Director to discuss giving and fundraising opportunities.

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Conference Presentation: CREST
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2018 Annual Conference
“Preserving Community Heritage”
Conference presentation: Catawba County
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2017 Annual Conference
“Battling the Bloom: Mold Protections for Collections”
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2016 NCPC Annual Conference
“Unbroken Threads: Preserving our Textile Heritage”
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2015 NCPC Annual Conference
“Monuments and Memorials: Preserving, Protecting and Documenting our Collective History”

2014 NCPC Annual Conference
“Significant Preservation: Inventories and Assessments for Strategic Planning”

2013 NCPC Annual Conference
“First Voice: Collaborative Heritage Preservation with Descendant Communities”

2012 NCPC Annual Conference
“Preserving Digital Heritage Collections”

2011 NCPC Annual Conference
“Advocating for Collections Preservation”

2010 NCPC Annual Conference
“Preserving Objects and Artifacts: Conservation Science, Collection Care, and Outreach”

2009 NCPC Annual Conference
“Fundraising for Collections Preservation and Conservation”

2008 NCPC Annual Conference
“Cultural Respect in Preservation and Conservation”

2007 NCPC Annual Conference
“The Great Migration: Audio Preservation in the Digital Age”

2006 NCPC Annual Conference
“Preserving the Artifact: Book, Manuscript and Paper Document Conservation”

2005 NCPC Annual Conference
“The Promise and Perils of Digital Preservation”

2004 NCPC Annual Conference
“Battling the Bloom: Mold in Archives, Libraries and Museums”

2003 NCPC Annual Conference
“Photographic Memory: Preserving Photograph Collections”

2002 NCPC Annual Conference
“Audio Heritage Preservation: The Survival of Recorded Sound in Folklore, Music and Oral History Collections”

2001 NCPC Annual Conference
“Security Issues in Libraries, Museums and Archives”

2000 NCPC Annual Conference
“The Wrath of Floods: Preparedness and Recovery for Archives and Library Collections”

1999: The Future of NCPC (8th Annual Meeting; Feb 26, 1999)

1998: The Changing Face of Preservation: A Dialogue (7th Annual Meeting; Feb 10, 1998)

1997: NCPC Annual Meeting and “Healthy Archives, Libraries, and Lives: A workshop on Creating Safe environments for records and their keepers” (6th Annual Meeting; Jan 27, 1997)

1996: NCPC Annual Meeting and “Access and Its Risks: Making our libraries, archives and records centers secure” (5th Annual Meeting; Jan 30, 1996)

1995: January 10, 1995 (4th Annual Meeting)*

1994: NCPC Annual Meeting and Photo Workshop (3rd Annual Meeting; Jan 25, 1994)

Editor’s note: Early meetings were combined with a workshop or presentation around a theme. For purposes of the archives, we have grouped these early meetings-with-workshops under “Conferences.” 

*In 1994 it was noted that the Annual Meeting would take place in January 1995, but we haven’t found the record of that meeting.

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