Museum conservators are responsible for the preservation and stabilization of artifacts in museum collections. In February 2018, conservators Jude Southward and Jessica Fletcher preserved a seal or walrus gut parka from the Yup‘ik people of southwestern Alaska as part of an IMLS grant. This involved a humidifying chamber made up of a small humidifier and beakers of water to keep the humidity at around 75% during periods of work. The conservators only had 10 minutes at a time to work on the parka until the humidity dropped to an unworkable level. 

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