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Making A Difference With Baskets

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The African American Museum has a collection of baskets that were sent to us after being damaged in the flood. In September we were sent to the Campbell Center in Mt. Carroll, IL for training in cleaning and preserving these baskets. This is an example of one of the baskets I cleaned. This particular basket is actually a tray with seven smaller “cup like” baskets nested into it. This picture shows two of the cups, the one on the right has been cleaned, the one on the left has not. This particular basket took roughly 40 hours to clean using swabs and saliva.