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Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI)

Registration Now Open
Summer 2013
Free Disaster Preparedness and Response Workshops


The Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI) is pleased to offer a FREE disaster preparedness planning and response training workshop series for collecting institutions (museums, libraries, archives, cultural organizations, etc.) at four locations in both North Dakota and South Dakota in 2013. This is a great opportunity to develop or update a disaster plan for your institution with the assistance of a trained conservator, Terri Schindel, who led the 2012 DCCI workshops.

Download the agenda for the
2013 DCCI workshops

DCCI is pleased to offer 20 travel stipends per location for the 2013 workshops. Stipends of up to $100 per person may be used for lodging and mileage reimbursement. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be requested through the online registration process.

You are encouraged to bring as many people from your institution as possible to all three workshop days and are welcome to attend whichever workshops best fit your schedule.

Planning Workshop (April-May)

  • What to include in your disaster preparedness and response plan
  • Risk assessment and hazard mitigation planning
  • Coordination with emergency managers and first responders
  • Care of collections before, during and after an emergency

Plan Development (May-August)

  • Each participating institution develops or updates its disaster preparedness and response plan
  • Free mentoring and assistance is provided by Conservator Terri Schindel via phone and email

Hands-on Workshop and Practice Drill (August)

  • Response/recovery scenarios
  • Drills with first responders



Two-Day Planning Workshops

One-Day Response Recovery
Hands-on Workshop

Dickinson, ND

April 29-30

Aug. 5

Bismarck, ND

May 1-2

Aug. 6

Minot, ND

May 6-7

Aug. 7

Fargo, ND

May 8-9

Aug. 8

Aberdeen, SD

May 13-14

Aug. 12

Brookings, SD

May 15-16

Aug. 13

Pierre, SD

May 20-21

Aug. 14

Deadwood, SD

May 22-23

Aug. 15

Workshops are free, but registration is required.
Registration closes one week prior to each workshop.

For questions regarding registration, contact Dana at clearfour@btinet.net or Jackie at clearfive@btinet.net or call 701-355-4458. For questions regarding workshop content, contact Terri at terrikschindel@gmail.com.


Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI) is a partnership between collections care professionals at museums, libraries and archives in North and South Dakota to improve collections care and emergency preparedness and response for small and mid-sized collecting heritage institutions across the two states.

DCCI is based on the findings from statewide planning projects undertaken separately by North and South Dakota between 2008 and 2010.

North Dakota Cultural Heritage Initiative and its Collection Conversations

South Dakota Connects to Collections

Below is a brief overview of the DCCI activities over the next two years. For more information, please contact the project administrator.

Year One Activities- 2012

12 institutional assessments, six in each state, and completion of follow-up projects by the 12 institutions in consultation with the conservator

12 three-day hands-on collections workshop series, six in each state

Year Two Activities-2013

8 disaster preparedness workshops, 4 in each state

8 disaster recovery workshops, 4 in each state

Development of a mutual aid network to connect paid and unpaid collections staff across the states

DCCI Advisory Committee

  • DCCI Project Co-Director: Chelle Somsen, State Archivist, South Dakota State Historical Society (SDSHS)
  • DCCI Project Co-Director: Mark Ryan, Directory of Collections and Operations, Plains Art Museum
  • Ann Jenks, State Archivist, State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND)
  • Stacia McGourty, Collections Services Librarian, South Dakota State Library
  • Ronette Rumpca, Curator of Interpretation, SDSHS
  • Jay Smith, Museum Director, SDSHS
  • Jenny Yearous, Curator of Collections Management, SHSND

    DCCI Project Staff
    Conservator: Terri Schindel, Museum Training Network, 501C3

    Administrator: Dana Schaar, Clearwater Communications
    (701) 355-4458


Press Releases
North, South Dakota receive collections care grant from IMLS(6/24/2011)

Twelve Heritage Institutions in the Dakotas Selected to Receive Free Collections Assessments and Host Workshops

State Historical Society announces free disaster preparedness, response planning workshops for museums, libraries, archives (3/15/2013)