When Ann Smith found that a framed sketch of her mother by her great, great aunt had sustained damage, she sought professional help. Ann found a local paper conservator through our free Find an Expert search tool. They were able to treat the sketch and provide Ann with information to keep the artwork from future damage. Now preserved for the future, the sketch, part of their family legacy, will be passed on to Ann’s grandchildren. Conservators study for many years to develop expertise so they can save special items like this. FAIC offers reduced-cost training and online resources to help inform the work of conservators, preparing them for the next item that needs help.
A volunteer historian needed advice on safely displaying a collection of historic Girl Scout uniforms for her local council. She posted to an FAIC forum for help, and a trained conservator sent her free advice on possible solutions. This is just one small, but important, collection. The U.S. has thousands of small collections, historic homes, and museums that can barely afford one staff member. FAIC programs connect these vital keepers of much of our state and local history with conservation professionals to ensure expert help is available to preserve local treasures.
These are just two examples of FAIC’s role in protecting our cultural heritage, whether at the personal or community level. The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) helps conservation professionals and the preservation community care for an essential trust—our shared human story. Learn more about FAIC's programs and how they create new opportunities and resources for both professionals in the field and people trying to care for family heirlooms.
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