Monthly Archives: March 2009

Pottery Conservation Project

Conservation work on this blackware plate from the Cleora Helbing collection involved soaking it in deionized water for a period of days.  Salt in the clay was leaching to the surface as white spots.  The simple soaking procedure was done … Continue reading

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Cleora Helbing and her Native American Arts and Crafts Collection

The centerpiece of the Pope County Museum’s exhibit is the “Cleora and Geneva Helbing Collection of Indian Arts and Crafts.” The nearly 600 pieces of Native American Art were collected by Miss Cleora Helbing, during her nearly 30 years of … Continue reading

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Silver conservation

In consultation with Minnesota Historical Society conservator, Bob Herskovitz, we recently cleaned and restrung this beautiful Zuni “squash blossom” necklace. A gentle cleaning slurry of fine calcium carbonate powder was used to remove the tarnish and restore the luster to … Continue reading

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Inventory project

The Pope County Museum has a large collection of three-dimensional objects, the vast majority of which have been donated by generous members of the community. In 2007, we began conducting a comprehensive inventory of the collection. Each item is cleaned, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the PC museum blog!

It is our goal to use this blog to share interesting news and notes from the museum. This will include highlighting objects from our collection, information from our archives, and images from our photo collection. When something happens that we … Continue reading

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