The before treatment photo shows the blanching of the varnish that obscures the painting underneath.

Everyone likes a mystery.  The painting in question certainly was.  What had caused the white surface?  Could anything be done?  What lay beneath?

2011.075.02 BT Oregon Trail overall 01

March is Women’s History Month so we’re highlighting mid-20th century Nebraska artist, Sara Green.  The Ford Center has treated two of her paintings over the years.

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It can be difficult to know what objects in present times will be valued in the future.  However, the staff at History Nebraska actively seeks to build its collection of objects related to current events.  

Photo of Bullet in Case with White Lead Corrosion Product Residue

This is a carbine bullet that killed Corporal Henry P. Orr at Fort Robinson on January 11, 1879.

Objects Lab

Conservators use a lot of different tools and equipment when treating objects and artwork in the lab.

Paintings Lab

Conservators use a lot of different tools and equipment when treating objects and artwork in the lab.  This quarter’s blog posts from the Ford Center will be about different tools and how we use them. 

Anastatic Declaration

On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress appointed a committee of five men to draft a statement declaring the American Colonies independent of British rule.

We often think that because we value something, it was always seen as valuable and worth keeping.  Especially if that cherished object is old, we like to think that it was previously held in high regard.  But objects come in and out of fashion. 

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the United States Postal Service and the essential public service it provides.  Not only does it ensure our letters and important documents arrive on time, but it is a lifeline for small businesses and people who need medication delivered. It enables mail-in voting when people are away or cannot vote in-person, and it employs nearly 100,000 veterans!  The USPS is also the only mail service that serves remote, rural areas. 

sketch of colorful mural of abstract shapes

A piece recently treated at the Ford Center is this study for a mural entitled Swing Landscape by artist Stuart Davis.  Davis was a New York artist who studied under Nebraska-raised artist Robert Henri.  The mural was commissioned by the Works Progress Administration for a housing project in Brooklyn, New York and depicts the Gloucester, Massachusetts, waterfront.  Influenced by jazz, radio, film and consumer products in America, Stuart’s work makes use of vibrant colors, rhythm and abstract shapes.  The mural is an oil on canvas that measures approxim

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