This is the sixth post in a week-long series celebrating National Preservation Week. NMAM blog posts in this series will discuss how to preserve your own modeling history.
Padded hangers are one of the best ways of storing a piece of historic clothing. Most of the museum’s collection of jackets documenting competitions and other events are stored hanging on a special rack in the collections storage. Here’s a pictorial guide to a creating a quick padded hanger.
Step one: Wash out the unbleached muslin. (I used Orvus Paste, but a regular laundry detergent can also be used. Just make sure you rinse out the cloth really well.)
Step five: Finish sewing closed.
Step six: Hang in storage.
Sponsored by the ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and partner organizations, Preservation Week will inspire actions to preserve personal, family and community collections of all kinds, as well as library, museum and archive collections. It will raise awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions can play in providing ongoing preservation information. More information can be found at: www.ala.org/preservationweek.