The ABCs of Modern Fire Suppression in Cultural Institutions

22nd Annual Preservation Conference

Program Schedule

About the Conference

March 10, 2008

 8:00 – 8:45   Registration

 8:45 – 9:15    Welcome

  • Dr. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States
  • Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist, Office of Records Services - Washington, DC, NARA
  • Doris A. Hamburg, Director, Preservation Programs, NARA

Moderator for morning sessions:  Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Chief, Document Conservation Division, NARA

9:15 –  9:40    Fire Protection and Cultural Property
                       Catherine Nicholson, Supervisory Conservator, Document Conservation Division, NARA

 9:45 – 10:30   Fire Protection:  An Historical Overview
                        J. Andrew Wilson, Associate Director for Fire Protection and Safety
                        Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC

10:30 – 10:55  Break

11:00 – 11:45  New Fire Suppression Technologies
                        Nick Artim, Director, Fire Safety Network
                        Middlebury, Vermont

11:45 – 12:15  Risk Assessment for Cultural Institutions:  Fire Testing vs. Computer Modeling
                        Dr. Frederick W. Mowrer, Associate Professor
                        Department of Fire Protection Engineering
                        University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

12:15 – 12:30    Discussion/questions

12:30 -   1:30     Lunch

Moderator for afternoon sessions: Hilary A. Kaplan, Senior Conservator, Document Conservation Division, NARA

1:30  -   1:50   Approaches to Fire Suppression in NARA Facilities:  New Buildings and Renovations
                        Ron Noll, Chief, Real Property Management Branch
1:55 – 2:25      Low Oxygen Fire Suppression at the British Library
                        Julian Taylor, Construction Project Sponsor, British Library
                        London, England

2:30 – 2:45      Update: R&D Project for Fire Protection in High Density Storage Facilities
                         Roberta Pilette, Head, Preservation Department
                        Yale University
                        New Haven, Connecticut

2:45 – 3:10      Break

3:15 – 3:45      Why Williamsburg Went Wet Pipe
                         Patricia Silence, Conservator of Exhibits
                        Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
                        Williamsburg, Virginia

3:45 – 4:15      Fire Suppression in the Capitol Visitors Center Exhibit Gallery
                        Martha C. Sewell, Exhibition Project Director
                        The Capitol Visitors Center
                        Washington, DC

4:15 – 4:50      Fire Protection for the Rare Collections Library
                       Cornelius Rusnov, Project Coordinator
                       The State Library of Pennsylvania

4:50 – 5:15      Discussion/questions

The times listed are approximate. This program is subject to change.


The Protection Engineering Group, PC
Chantilly, Virginia
POC: Doug Rollman
Fireline Corporation
Baltimore, Maryland
POC: Dave Riggs
Axonx, LLC
Sparks, Maryland
POC: David Karczeski
Siemens Building Technologies
Beltsville, Maryland
POC: Matthew Watson
Space Saver
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
POC: Marvin Shenkler
3M Company
St. Paul, Minnesota
POC: Tom Broadbeck

This list shows the number of participating exhibitors as of February 26, 2008.


—by February 1, is encouraged
Registration fee:
— $125.00 Standard
— $75.00 Student
— Attendees can pay in advance by check or credit card.

Payment Options

Please make your check payable to National Archives Trust Fund with Preservation Conference in the “memo” section.

As a convenience to prospective attendees planning to pay by credit card, Richard Schneider will accept registration information and payments by phone. Please call him at 301-837-3617.

In order to protect your personal information, registration forms will not be accepted by FAX.

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