Responsibility for Preservation
This challenging task requires the expertise, dedication, and cooperation of many people. Architects, archaeologists, historians, curators and consultants provide knowledge provide knowledge and supervise preservation efforts. Restoration craftsmen and laborers make preventive and routine repairs. Custodians provide daily and seasonal care. Rangers protect the treasures and explain the need for their preservation. Visitor assist by treating these treasure with respect and by understanding that continuous maintenance is required.
Cause of Deterioration
A Continuous Process
At Independence, staff members inspect, monitor, and record conditions. When a problem is detected, they determine its cause and urgency and consider solutions. The chosen course of action insures that the character of fabric of our irreplaceable treasures are preserved.
During your visit, you will probably see instances of this process in operation, exemplifying the principle. Maintenance is Preservation. Learn more about our current preservation projects.
Did You Know?
In the summer of 1793 “ten thousand people in the streets of Philadelphia … threatened to drag Washington out of his house, and effect a Revolution in Government” but an outbreak of yellow fever dispersed the mob and saved the national government. (J Adams to T Jefferson, June 30, 1813)