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I'm happy to answer questions concerning the preservation and conservation of three-dimensional archaeological, ethnographic, historic, technological, and decorative arts objects. My materials expertise includes leather, wood, metals, and composite materials.

Experience in the area

I have close to thirty years experience as a conservator at three different museums and in private practice. I currently work as a collections manager overseeing 40,000 historic objects at over 20 sites around the state, as well as having a private treatment and consultation practice in the Midwest.


American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Minnesota Association of Museums The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections Professional Picture Framers Association


Journal of the American Institute For Conservation Texas Archaeology University of Texas Conservation Notes Caring for American Indian Objects/Minnesota Historical Society Press The Interpreter/Minnesota Historical Society Journal of Field Archaeology


B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology; M.A. in Anthropology/Museum Studies with a concentration in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation.

Awards and Honors

Recognition certificate from the Institute of Museum Services

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Recent Answers from Paul S. Storch

2016-07-09 Trying to find a oil painting value:

Hi,    Since I'm not an art curator or appraiser, it is somewhat out of my area.  I would suggest that you find a professional appraiser in your area to research and appraise the painting so you can get

2016-06-07 off gassing concerns:

Thank you for the further information.  I was thinking in terms of efficient storage, which is usually the case in museums.  This is really analogous to preserving individual scientific specimens.  I still

2016-06-06 off gassing concerns:

That's what I thought, but some of the responses made it unclear as to what the actual goal is.    Knowing that, I think that the most elegant solution would be to obtain 5 to 10 gallon aquarium tanks

2016-06-06 off gassing concerns:

I don't understand exactly what you are asking here- are you concerned about the off-gassing of the storage container materials, or VOC's of some sort coming out of the object materials?  Are you trying

2016-02-11 Walrus Hide Doctor's Bag:

Thanks for the photos.  That helps.  I  looks stable, except for wear on the edges.  Walrus is a particularly heavy, thick, and stiff hide.  I once worked on an Inuit walrus raw-hide piece that was made


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