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We heard from Fran Wuhlbrandt and here are some additional corrections to the list of sponsors from her:

Fahrmann Motors
Earl Elliott Hatchery
Manatts Mens Clothing
And “probably” Franklin Farmers Service Co.
Patterson Dry Goods

Thank you, Fran, for providing the correct names.

Fran asked, “Is the curtain at Maysville?  I do hope you don’t allow it to be unrolled often.  I wish we could find someone to restore it.  I made my acting debut on that stage!  The back and sides of the stage were cloth panels hung from wires on three sides – made by the women.”

Maysville School is not a Franklin County Historical Society property.  The curtain and the school are owned by the county and managed by the township trustees. Maysville certainly has a rich history in Franklin County.  We looked into Fran’s question about conservation of the curtain, and wanted to share what we found out, because it’s a resource Society members may want to remember for other items needing stabilization or restoration.

Regional Resource

The Nebraska State Historical Society operates the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha. It is closest regional resource for protecting and preserving “the things of importance in your life.”

The Center houses state-of-the-art technical laboratories for the examination, evaluation, and specialized conservation treatment of ceramics, glass, metals, ethnographic materials, archeological materials, wooden artifacts, works of art on paper, photographs, documents, archival materials, books, paintings and textiles.

Conservation Services are provided for historical, cultural, educational, private, and corporate clients in the region. These services include consultation, assessment of collection management needs, assessment of conservation treatment needs, education and training, workshops, and conservation treatment of collection materials.

Kenneth Bé heads up the Paintings Conservation Laboratory. To provide an accurate estimate for repairing the curtain, he would need good close-up photographs of all areas of the curtain, including stains. A recent grange hall curtain was restored for $8000.

The restoration process would first repair all tears, holes, and uneven edges, then the entire curtain would be cleaned, and decorations repaired / restored as necessary. Until funds can be found to restore the curtain, it is important to keep it rolled up, and away from direct sunlight and moisture.

The Conservation Center is on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens at 1326 South 32nd Street, Omaha, and is open by appointment.

Phone:  402-595-1180 E-mail:

Mr. Bé can be reached at or telephoned at 402-595-1399.

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