Monday, August 13, 2012

Ida McKinley dress project continues...

Even though I haven't said much about it recently, the Ida McKinley Dress Restoration Project continues!

A few weeks ago we received treatment proposals from Chandra Obie, our textile conservator.  I was pleasantly surprised with the estimates!  They were at or below my expectations, which is fantastic!!

Our tentative plan is to complete some of the simpler -- and less expensive -- treatments so we will be able to display one or two of the dresses right away in the McKinley Gallery.  We hope to use those dresses to encourage donations so we can complete some of the more complicated conservation work.

Today Betsy Butler, a freelance writer who is working on a story for Piecework magazine, is coming to look a the Ida McKinley dress collection.  Her story will appear next year.

We are currently exploring grant opportunities to fund the project.  If you have any suggestions, please contact me!  This is an important project to the museum, and we're really looking forward to the day when we can share these gorgeous gowns with the public.

If you haven't "liked" our page for the project on Facebook, please check it out.  I have been posting updates about the project, including photos of the dresses we're working to restore.

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