over thirty years, the Department of Art Conservation has been
instrumental in the preservation of the United States’cultural heritage.
Our graduates have analyzed and conserved the Declaration of
Independence, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, the
Star-Spangled Banner, the Treaty of Paris, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and
works of art by Old Masters to contemporary artists—from Rembrandt to
Van Gogh and Wyeth. They have preserved Babe Ruth’s baseball contract,
the original R2D2 from the movie Star Wars, the world’s first
photograph, Elvis Presley’s 81 gold records, the 1905 Wright Flyer
III, George Washington’s dentures, Franklin Roosevelt’s braces, original
manuscripts by James Joyce and Henry David Thoreau, and early animation
cels from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Preservation of the
architectural interiors of Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, and the
White House has been led by Program graduates.
Many have also worked at archeological sites from Delaware to
Turkey, on the consolidation of Mayan murals in the jungles of
Guatemala, and the preservation of American Indian relics in Arizona.
Alumni have assisted FEMA with emergency response efforts following
disasters such as hurricanes and floods, and graduates also have been
called upon to assist in international preservation efforts in Kobe,
Japan, and most recently, in Iraq.
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