Mountain Gateway Museum to host conservation experts


North Carolina Museum of History textile conservator Paige Myers explains the proper care and storage of textiles to a patron during a recent Conservation Assistance Day program in Raleigh. She will be one of the conservation experts at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort next month. 

Only a few appointments remain for anyone wanting to meet with conservation experts from the N.C. Museum of History at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and learn how to preserve their family heirlooms or antiques.

Textile conservator Paige Myers and objects conservator Jennifer French, who have nearly 40 years of conservation experience between them and work at the state museum in Raleigh, will be at Mountain Gateway Museum, located at 24 Water St. in Old Fort, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, to answer questions and offer their professional advice. However, they will not provide estimates on objects’ value, according to a news release.

“Appointments with the conservators must be scheduled in advance by calling Mountain Gateway Museum. Each appointment can last up to 30 minutes,” reads the news release. “If a participant has both textiles (i.e., clothing, quilts, flags or anything made of fabric) and objects to be examined, a separate appointment must be made with each conservator.”

Each participant can bring a total of three pre-approved items. The items must be pre-approved for the public’s safety and to protect the museum against serious infestations. “Please do NOT bring any objects with live ammunition, unexploded dynamite or other armaments; textile or wooden objects with mold, bugs or pests; or any hazardous chemicals, such as acetone, barium, strychnine or ether,” reads the news release.

This free service is part of a Conservation Assistance Day program held four times a year across the state as part of the North Carolina Museum of History’s educational outreach efforts.

To make an appointment with the conservators or to receive more information about this program, call Mountain Gateway Museum at 828-668-9259.

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