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Wednesday, May 15 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
(Objects) Maintenance: An Old Tactic for Evolving Treatments

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The Governor’s Commission on Maryland Military Monuments is tasked with identifying, determining responsibility for, and facilitating preservation of military monuments to Marylanders. The 468 known monuments, in and out of state, honor veterans from the French and Indian War to the more recent twenty-first century conflicts. They are made of stone, masonry, copper, bronze, and iron. Monument building is ongoing. Beginning in 1989, 112 of the monuments have received conservation treatment. Sixty of those not under the care of other municipal, state, or federal agencies have been in a program of regular maintenance since 1999. The maintenance program is supervised by the MMMC and the Maryland Historical Trust, and has been performed by five conservation firms contracted over the years. The continuity of supervision and resulting monitoring of past treatments has been critical to the program’s success. This paper will review treatment records for several different monuments over a spread of twenty-nine years, looking at how the treatments have evolved to address changes in the monuments, changes in conservation practice, changes in conservation materials, and the long-term preservation of the mon-uments.

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Howard Wellman

President, Wellman Conservation LLC
Howard Wellman is a conservator in private practice based in the Baltimore area. He has a BSc in Conservation of Archaeological Materials from University College London (1996). He has worked for archaeologial projects in Turkey, Cyprus, and Egypt. He was Lead Conservator at the Maryland... Read More →


Nancy Kurtz

Member, Governor’s Commission on Maryland Military Monuments
Nancy Kurtz is retired from the Maryland Historical Trust, the state historic preservation office, where she served as Marker and Monument Programs Administrator. She was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Maryland Military Monuments in 1994, for which she developed and managed... Read More →
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Ronald Harvey

Principal/Conservator, Tuckerbrook Conservation LLC
Ron Harvey began his private practice in 1990. He is involved in a wide range of conservation consultation with museums including storage, environment, lighting and treatment of objects both nationally and internationally. Prior to private practice he completed an MFA in sculpture... Read More →

Wednesday May 15, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Salon B1, Uncas Ballroom
  Specialty Session, Objects
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  • Ticketed Included in Main Registration
  • Authors in Publication Order Nancy Kurtz, Ronald Harvey, Howard Wellman
  • Abstract ID 18394
  • Tags monuments,outdoor sculpture,maintenance,bronze,stone,iron