Gerald Ford Conservation Center

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.

2020.064 DT BLM poster (4)

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. 

Ford Center Suction Table

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

Rare Books Room

Ten thousand books. Three-hundred-and-twenty hours. Four vacuum cleaners. One suitcase full of bricks.  

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.

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