Care of Historic Firearms
Instructor: David Kennedy
Date: August 13-16 , 2018
This course will cover information and training necessary to managing firearms within a museum collection. Participants will learn identification techniques, legal ramifications, storage methods, care and basic conservation techniques, and exhibition issues peculiar to firearms. Tours of nearby museums will allow the class to view firearms on exhibit and in storage.
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David Kennedy is the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His responsibilities have included developing collections storage plans, policies, and procedures; establishing environmental standards and related policies; planning and installation of temporary exhibits; and installing and creating various elements of thepermanent exhibit. Prior to his move to Oklahoma, Kennedy was the Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (2003-2009).Having received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1998, Kennedy received his Master of Arts in History from Montana State University (MSU) in 2000. While at MSU, Kennedy served as Student Curator with the Museum of the Rockies exhibit, Weapons that Changed the West: From Flint to Fusion.He is the author of Guns of the Wild West: A Photographic Tour of the Guns that Shaped our Country’s History and the content adviser for Katherine Brevard's The Story of Guns: How They Changed the World, a book on firearms for a middle school audience.Mr. Kennedy believes that museums are a great educational equalizer and that the strength of museums lies in the collections they hold and protect. Kennedy was recently re-elected as a Board Member-at-Large for the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) and serves on several committees within MPMA.