Conservation Research Laboratory
Nautical Archaeology Program
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-4352

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The Conservation Research Laboratory was pleased to welcome the spouses of the Texas A&M University System Regents, Chancellor, and CEOs on Friday, March 26, 2010. The day's events featured a lecture by Dr. Jim Bruseth of the Texas Historical Commission on the La Belle Shipwreck Project, as well as tours of the Conservation Research Laboratory facilities and demonstrations on the diverse artifacts in various stages of conservation.

La Belle Lecture
 The participants began the day with a lecture on the excavation and continued conservation of La Belle.

La Belle Lecture
 Dr. Jim Bruseth of the Texas Historical Commission speaking on the history of Sieur de La Salle's exploration of Texas and the recovery of La Belle.

La Belle
 The remains of La Belle undergoing conservation at the Conservation Research Laboratory.
Beside the La Belle tank
CRL's Jim Jobling (left) explaining the continued work on the conservation of La Belle.

Helen Dewolf and Artifacts
 CRL's Dr. Helen Dewolf demonstrating several unique items conserved at the Conservation Research Laboratory, including a looking glass from the 'Mardi Gras' shipwreck, and pork from the Red River Steamboat Heroine (right).
Dugout Canoe
Guests Janelle Overhouse and Megan Shepherd in front of an ancient Native American dugout canoe from Tennessee nicknamed "Old Hickory."

Fort McKavett and Fort Griffin artifacts
 CRL's Heather Hatch exhibiting artifacts under conservation for the Texas Historical Commission from Fort McKavett and Fort Griffin.
Fort St. Louis artifacts
 CRL's Catherine Sincich demonstrating artifacts from Fort St. Louis, La Salle's 17th-century settlement.
La Belle Musket
 CRL's Dr. Helen Dewolf with a musket from La Belle.

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