Old State House Needs Your Help in Preserving Historic Flags

Karen Martin
Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:11 CDT

The Old State House Museum recently added two flags to its Arkansas Civil War Flag Collection.

The flags are currently mounted on linen and encased in dark netting to keep the aged, fragile fabric intact. These antiquated methods of conservation prevent the ventilation of the fabric and expose the flags to further deterioration.

Both flags must be cleaned and preserved using modern conservation techniques. The museum’s goal is to conserve these two flags in time for exhibition in 2012 during Arkansas’s commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of America’s Civil War.

* Cost of conserving the newly acquired Consolidated: $11,154
*? Cost of conserving the newly acquired Hart’s Battery (or Dallas Artillery) Flag: $14,727

* Total Conservation Costs: $25,881

Can you help? Contributions may be mailed to:

Save the Flags, Old State House Museum, 300 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR, 72201.