Gerald Ford Conservation Center

What We Found

Swabbing the Decks

Seventy-five years ago, the USS Missouri was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan to Allied Forces, ending World War II.  The signing of the surrender ...

Christmas in Falls City

The painting was the centerpiece of an exhibit on John Falter at the Nebraska History Museum in 2012.  It was in good condition but needed a little help to be ...

Ford Conservation Center: Stabilizing Shattering Silk

We knew we couldn’t halt the rapid degradation of the silk, but luckily there was a simple way to salvage what remained and prevent further loss of original ...

Treating Certificates at the Gerald Ford Conservation Center

These certificates are now more stable and with proper storage and handling will be for many years to come. (more…)

Bombs Away

During the early morning on August 16, 1943, residents of tiny Tarnov, Nebraska, were startled from their sleep by the sound of "bombs" falling on their town.  The ...

An Ounce of Prevention

One of the most important aspects of conservation is prevention. Preventive conservation is any measure that prevents or reduces the potential for damage. It often ...

Angel DeCora Portrait – Ford Conservation Center

One of the most important Native American artists of the early 20th century was born in Nebraska. Angel DeCora was born on May 3, 1871, on the Winnebago ...

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