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CONSERVATION

     

Stabilization schedule

 
 

The Iowa Battle Flag Preservation project is undertaken to protect Iowa's battle flags, which are unique cultural property, through appropriate measures including conservation and stabilization.

STABILIZATION
The first concern of treatment is stabilization. Stabilization will prolong the flags' existence and maintain the information content while minimizing or reducing the rate of deterioration.

Before and after photos of this 7th Iowa Cavalry flag show the dramatic improvements after treatment.

 

 

CONSERVATION
Conservation procedures involve treatment that includes the deliberate alternation of chemical or physical aspects of the flags
intended to prolong their existence.

The photo below shows staff adding stabiltex over the flag surface. The colored stabiltex is used to give a representation of the flag in its original state. Finally, the flag is framed for storage and display like the 19th Infantry pictured below.

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(Schedule subject to change)

2007
Objects: 2001.71.57 - 2001.71.67
Units: 16th, 6th, 13th, 3rd Infantries and one flag of the 2nd Infantry
2008
Objects: 2001.71.67 - 2001.71.71
Units: 2nd Infantry flags and one flag from the 26th Infantry
2009
Objects: 2001.71.44, 2001.71.72 to 2001.71.78
Units: 1st, 11th and 4th Infantries and one flag from the 17th Infantry
2010
Objects: 2001.71.79 - 2001.71.88
Units: 5th, 7th and 8th Infantries
2011
Objects: 2001.71.90 - 2001.71.96
Units: 9th, 10th, and 14th Infantries
2012-2013
Objects: 2001.71.97 - 2001.71.109
Units: 15th, 12th and 18th Infantries
2014
Objects: 2001.71.110 - 2001.71.118
Units: 19th, 20th, 21st Infantries and one flag of the 22nd Infantry
2015
Objects: 2001.71.119 - 2001.71.125
Units:
22nd, 23rd, 24th Infantries and two flags of the 25th Infantry
2016
Objects: 2001.71.126 - 2001.71.134
Units:
26th and 27th Infantry and
three flags from the 25th Infantry
2017
Objects: 2001.71.135 - 2001.71.142
Units:
28th, 29th and 30th Infantries and the case signage
2018
Objects: 2001.71.147 - 2001.71.152
Units:
49th and 51st Infantry, and the 12th Signal Corps
2019
Objects: 2001.71.153 - 001.71.157
Units: 7th Infantry Co. M, 50th and 51st infantry, and 5th and 6th Battery
2020
Objects: 2001.71.158 - 2001.71.160
Units:
4th Infantry, one unidentified flag, and the case signage.

Yet to be scheduled: WWI, Span/Am, and other additions to the project