Yards of Men Preservation Project

02-18-2022
Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is working on an initiative to preserve the Camp Grant Yards of Men in our collection. These panoramic photographs traditionally pose storage and access challenges for any museum. The long format of the panoramas makes them vulnerable to handling damage such as rolling, folding and cracking.
Total cost for the storage and stabilization work is $20 to $200 for each photograph. That’s why we need your help! Regardless of amount, any donation towards preserving the panoramic Camp Grant photographs is much appreciated.
 
Donation Levels
  • Intern level donors $25 or more – a shout-out on social media, small pack of notecards with photographs of a conserved piece. 
  • Conservator level donor $250 or more - to be included on the artifact label whenever that piece is on display, a shout-out on social media, small pack of notecards with photographs of the conserved piece. 
  • Historian level donor $500 or more - custom Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum challenge Coin, to be included on the artifact label whenever that piece is on display, a shout-out on social media, small pack of notecards with photographs of the conserved piece. 
 
​Donations like yours are the lifeblood of the museum and we truly could not continue our work without you. Your tax-deductible donation in any amount will help support the museum’s mission of preserving these artifacts. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all donations. Please contact us for more details on how you can make your mark on history by helping us preserve the past for the future!
Our preservation effort began with an on-site survey. In addition to condition and subject information, the staff gathered identifying information which can be used to improve access through cataloging and digitization. Accompanying the survey is on-site minor conservation work such as surface cleaning or repair and rehousing in semi-custom sleeves. The rolled photographs were flattened with use of a humidification chamber, followed by flattening under pressure.
Once stabilized, the panoramas were rehoused in semi-custom sleeves for photographs that remained stuck to glass, or for panoramas too long for cabinet storage, Simple portfolio housing was made with corrugated archival board.
Photographs in need of extensive repair are flagged. Since many of the panoramas were in moderate to poor condition, a variety of conservation treatments will need to be used. Successful methods of panorama treatment will be given on a priority basis.