Everyday people contact Ohio History Connection's Curatorial Team to learn more about how to preserve items they own. Below are some of our favorite resources for preserving objects and artifacts of different material types.
Heirlooms are the objects that connect us to our family histories. Over the years, a combination of time and the elements can wear these objects out, making them too fragile to handle or destroying them altogether. But there are some simple steps you can take to slow this deterioration and extend the life of these objects for future generations of your family.
For more information on preserving many kinds of items, check out Caring for Your Artifacts from The Henry Ford Museum.
The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center, The Care and Preservation of Antique Textiles & Costumes
Canadian Conservation Institute, Caring for Textiles and Costumes
The Textile Museum, Textile Care and Display
The National Quilt Museum, General Quilt Care
International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Textile Talk: Care and Conservation
Canadian Conservation Institute, Care and Cleaning of Unfinished Wood
Canadian Conservation Institute, Care of Furniture Finishes
National Park Service, Conserve O Gram no. 7/1, Cleaning Wood Furniture
Smithsonian Institute, Furniture Care and Handling
The Henry Ford, Benson Research Center, The Care and Preservation of Furniture and Wooden Objects