Museum Needs Collection Conservator

$840 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 50 months
The most important element of any museum is its collection. All artifacts are looking glasses into the past that need to be carefully preserved. The information that they can share is one of hte most valuable tools a museum can offer the public.

The biggest problem an object faces is that it eventually decomposes. Every artifact has a finite lifetime and the goal of every museum is to extend that lifetime as long as possible. Without knowing the exact condition, type of damage, or cost to conserve, a museum is at a loss and can no longer connect properly with the collection and its history.

With your help, we can preserve and protect the most important part of Tinker Swiss Cottage Musuem and its intact collection of more than 10,000 artifacts all belonging to members of the Tinker family. Our goal is to raise $30,000 from this appeal. This will allow the museum to bring a qualified team of conservators to evaluate the entire Tinker collection, detail damages and recommend conservation strategies. With your help, the museum will be able to continue to institute a more effective way to conserve and protect this important part of Rockford's history.
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There are over 3,000 books belonging to the Tinker family. Some are first editions, autographed copies, others are so rare that there are limited editions found throughout the world, and, of course, there are some that are for a good read but of no real value. The toll of the years has caused leather to red rot, foxing on pages, and damaged binding. Much of the damage can be treated to help curve the effects of aging.
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$840 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 50 months
Created October 30, 2014
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24 months ago
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36 months ago
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36 months ago
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48 months ago
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Michael Kleen
48 months ago

Tinker Cottage is a Rockford treasure

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Doug Connell
49 months ago

Keep up the great work!

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