Yosemite National Park is taking advantage of its vacant museum this summer to complete important conservation work on artifacts.
Yosemite has teamed up with the UCLA/Getty Conservation Program and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University on this project. Students from these programs have been working hard inside the museum to “conserve [the Yosemite Museum’s] collections for future generations to enjoy,” according to a post on Yosemite National Park’s page.
The park also posted a video long with this message of Yosemite Interns Hayley Monroe, a masters student at UCLA, and Tish Johnston, a student at Stanford, working over a two hour period. In the video, Monroe can be seen making specialized mounts for baskets and feather headbands while Johnston vacuums baskets with special conservation tools.
Preserving the collections and buildings at the Yosemite Museum Gallery is of particular interest, as the Yosemite Museum, built in 1925, is the oldest National Park building built to be a museum and has served as a model for parks nationwide, according to the National Parks Service’s website.