Gerald Ford Conservation Center

Ford Center Pets 01

A post about a cat painting that was recently treated in the Paintings Lab and belongs to the Nebraska History Museum.

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.

Angel DeCora Portrait

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 Reservation.

Covering in Plastic

May 1st, or May Day, is the day set aside by cultural institutions to make sure they are prepared in case of emergencies.

Final Buffered Bath

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

2018.019.01 BT Certificate (1)

Is the object going to be “preserved”, “restored,” or “conserved”?   What is the difference and why does it matter?  Let’s find out.

Objects Conservator Rebecca Cashman

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 material.  

Ford Center Exterior Front

It’s a new year and a good time to remind our blog readers of what we do at the Ford Center.  

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 exhibit-ready.

It’s easy to take paper for granted.  We use it for everything: writing, printing, books, receipts, packaging, money, even for cleaning. But what did people use before paper?

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