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An Ounce of Prevention

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 focuses on larger-scale collections rather than individual objects. Having stable environmental controls...
Treating Douglas County Field Notes

Treating Douglas County Field Notes

Paper Conservator, Hilary LeFevere, recently completed treatment on two record books of survey field notes for Douglas County, Nebraska. Both books were in need of extensive repairs. One had been previously repaired by putting a book cloth cover over the original...
Bombs Away

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 missiles turned out to be practice bombs dropped from a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber on a...
Securing a Civil War Era Sewing Kit

Securing a Civil War Era Sewing Kit

When collection objects are loaned from one museum to another for an exhibit, it is best practice for a condition report to be written before the object is sent away.  As the name implies, the condition report describes the current condition of the object to ensure...