Conservation Assistance Day Friday At N.C. Museum Of History

ANNOUNCEMENT

• Ask the experts on protecting heirlooms.

RALEIGH — This rare opportunity is being offered by the third-most-visited state history museum in the nation. Mark your calendar for this free event Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Four times a year the N.C. Museum of History’s conservators spend a day with the public giving them advice on how to care for, preserve and protect precious family heirlooms — including wedding dresses, clocks, instruments, great-greatgrandpa’s Civil War flag and sword, granddad’s World War II uniform, jewelry and Grammy’s quilts.

Individuals may bring up to three preapproved objects. Why pre-approved? For the public’s safety and to protect the museum against serious infestations. Please leave the following at home:

• Objects with live ammunition, unexploded dynamite or other armaments

• Textile or wood objects infested with mold, bugs or pests

• Hazardous chemicals such as acetone, barium, strychnine or ether Don’t miss this opportunity. Make your appointment with the experts who have almost 40 years of experience between them. Call (919) 807-7823 to set up your 30-minute appointment with either Paige Myers or Jennifer French. The museum does not provide estimates on value.

Meet The Experts

• Paige Myers, textile conservator, has almost 25 years’ experience working with textiles (clothing, uniforms, quilts and flags) at the North Carolina Museum of History and National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; was a professional costumer with Raleigh Creative Costumes; is textile adviser to Hope Plantation, Windsor; and gives textile workshops in North Carolina and the Southeast.

• Jennifer French, objects conservator, has over 15 years of experience working with collections at the North Carolina Museum of History; North Carolina Division of Historic Sites; Cleveland Museum of Art; the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and the Wiltshire County Council Conservation Centre in Wiltshire, England. She examines and treats archaeological, ethnographic and historic objects, as well as objects of fine art.

About The Museum

The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton St., downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs.

Each year more than 400,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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