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Iowa Preservation Center

The State Historical Society of Iowa offers conservation and consultation services to individuals and organizations interested in preserving pieces of Iowa history. The State Historical Society provides this service for a fee that is consistent with the organization's mission to preserve and educate.

Thanks to the Preservation Center, Iowans have greater access to certain preservation and conservation services that previously were not available in Iowa. State Historical Society conservators and other staff can provide treatments, conservation surveys, or workshops at costs competitive with labs and firms from other states.

Through the Preservation Center, the State Historical Society offers a variety of workshops such as:

  • Care of Antique Furniture
  • Care of Historic or Heirloom Clothing
  • Photo Identification and Care
  • Records Management and Assistance

Services can also be arranged for construction of special exhibit cases, interpretive planning assistance, or for crating artifacts or paintings for shipment.

For more information or an estimate on the cost of Preservation Center services, contact Jerome Thompson, State Curator, at (515) 281-4221,, or by mail at 600 E. Locust, Des Moines, IA 50319.

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