BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Doreen Alessi, Conservator for the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, has been selected as a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. A conservator is responsible for the care, restoration, and repair of archival or museum artifacts. Alessi began her career at the museum in 1997 under the auspices of a conservation grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, a federal agency. She became a full-time employee in 2003. The only membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, the AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public. AIC has a membership of more than 3,300 conservators, educators, scientists, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts located in over twenty countries worldwide. All members work toward the same goal of preserving the material culture of the past to learn from it today and appreciate it in the future. Before joining the staff of the Adirondack Museum, Alessi worked as a conservation intern at Harvard Art Museums/Strauss Center for Conservation, the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.