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    Rick Meyers, Exhibits Preparator, works on a painting titled Gratiot Street Prison, on display in The Civil War in Missouri exhibit. The simplest way to begin the stabilization of paintings or other types of framed artwork is to provide protective layers in the front and back. The front protective layer is referred to as "glazing," which ideally would be a type of Plexiglas that is UV filtering, anti-reflective, and anti-static.

    Portrait of Captain Edward Camden: Volusia County, Florida, April 1917. "He put on his Civil War veteran's uniform and tried to register for the draft on the first day of World War I."

    Here is General Ulysses S. Grant (center of bench beside tree) on eve of Siege of Petersburg VA, which escalated this month 1864. Photo by Timothy H. O'Sullivan.

    The Missouri Woman cover for June 1916: " Votes for Women." The "Missouri Woman" was a monthly magazine published by the St. Louis Equal Suffrage League from 1915-1919. Missouri History Museum

    View of Missouri History Museum storeroom after textiles were rerolled with transparent nylon film.

    Preparing film for freezer storage at the Missouri History Museum. All film requiring freezer storage is removed from metal cans and reels and placed onto plastic cores. Each roll is tested for vinegar syndrome, wound, and cleaned from head to tail, emulsion in, tails out. Leader is added if needed, and the correct identification written on both the leader and the can. Condition inspection forms for each can are filled out for inventory and cataloging purposes.

    At the Missouri History Museum, conserving artifacts in our collection ensures that they will be accessible for generations to come.

    Investigating Civil War Era dolls possibly used to smuggle medicine past Union blockade into Confederate territory.

    Cathy Wright, curator at the Museum of the Confederacy opens an original battle flag belonging to the 3rd Virginia Infantry in the flag room, which houses hundreds of original civil war battle flags in Richmond, Virginia.

    Siri Rustebakke, center, sits in front of a house with her daughters and daughter-in-law and four spinning wheels, 1873.

    Love the atmosphere in this one! Woman and girl preparing goose, 1915 by OSU Special Collections & Archives, via Flickr

    Return of the Mona Lisa at the end of World War Two. --- On the eve of war, curators at the Louvre swathed the museum's most priceless painting in layers of waterproof paper, boxed it up and spirited it to the French countryside for safekeeping. The painting was moved another five times during the war before she was safely returned to the Louvre after the Liberation.