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Constitution 225: Conservation and Re-encasement

 

Given the care and consideration with which conservators now treat the Constitution, it’s jarring to see early photos of its handling. In this photo, taken in 1921, a man holds the third page of the Constitution in an oak frame, just before putting it on top of some mail sacks and a cushion in a Model-T Ford postal truck to transfer it from the State Department to the Library of Congress. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/96507341/

In light of the upcoming 225th Constitution Day on September 17, I spoke with Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Catherine Nicholson, two of the very few people who have touched the Constitution in the last century, about how they approached the task of conserving the Charters of Freedom.[ Read all ]