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Workshop at Scotch Plains Library Explains How to Design Displays of Historical Artifacts, Nov. 17

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – A technical assistance workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, the workshop “Designing History Exhibits Based on Your Archival Collections” aims to help museum staff and volunteers, history organizations, libraries and private collectors install first class exhibits using photographs, documents and artifacts drawn from their archival collections.

Plainfield Public Library Director Joseph Da Rold will lead a discussion about the intricacies of incorporating fragile items into displays, how to expand exhibits beyond one’s resources, and the important role of exhibit curators and installers.

Prior to assuming his current position in 1994, Mr. Da Rold honed his exhibit design skills at several California-based museums and libraries, including the Hathaway Ranch Museum in Santa Fe Springs, where he served as Deputy Director and Curator, and the Whittier Historical Society/Whittier Museum, where he served as Executive Director. He has turned the Plainfield Public Library’s Anne Louise Davis Gallery into a premier venue for the exhibition of photographs, documents and artifacts from its large local and state history collections.

Pre-registration is requested. The fee is $5. For registration and/or a free brochure about the workshop, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at (908) 558-2550; Relay Users call 1-800-852-7899; visit the website or E-mail: This workshop is funded in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


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