The Restoration of Civil War Flags

The Restoration of Civil War Flags

The Restoration of Civil War Flags

From left, State Curator David Schutz, textile conservator Michele Pagan and Don Wickman, local Civil War historian, examine a Civil War flag.

From left, State Curator David Schutz, textile conservator Michele Pagan and Don Wickman, local Civil War historian, examine a Civil War flag.

The Middletown Springs Historical Society Museum Open House on Sunday, October 5, from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature a slide lecture by textile conservator Michele Pagan on the conservation process that she used in a 10-year-long project to restore the Vermont State Civil War flag collection. The Open House includes tours of the Society’s collection storage areas and demonstrations of how artifacts are conserved, stored and maintained. Refreshments will be served before the 2 p.m. presentation. The collection, owned by the State of Vermont, has been exhibited in a glass display case in the State Capitol building in Montpelier for about a hundred years. Damage  by light, humidity, insects and poor display practices was significant. Michele will be recounting the process of conserving these flags and their transfer to a new storage facility at the Vermont Historical Society History Center in Barre, Vt.

Pagan is a native Vermonter, who grew up in Bennington and Rutland. She presently holds a Research Associate affiliation at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, researching the use of microfiber cloths for cleaning fragile artifact surfaces. She is a textile conservator in private practice, working in both Washington, DC and  Vermont. The meeting is free and accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, call David Wright at 802-235-2376.

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