Furniture conservator to speak at Milton Historical Society March 28

March 20, 2019

The Milton Historical Society’s lecture series will continue with The Art and Science of Furniture Conservation at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28, at the Lydia B. Cannon Museum, 210 Union St. in Milton.

Guest lecturer and nationally recognized wood conservator Tad D. Fallon will speak on the care and preservation of historic furniture and wooden artifacts.

Topics include how furniture conservators examine objects, what they look for, and how they formulate intervention strategies. Tips on surface examination techniques, deciphering patina  and identifying past interventions will be discussed. Small museum and personal collections upkeep, and the dos and don’ts of furniture care will be outlined.

Immediately following the talk, there will be an informal question-and-answer session. Participants are welcome to bring a small object or photos for discussion.

Formerly a wood conservator herself, Chief Curator Heidi Nasstrom Evans said, “Tad’s talk is not just for woodworkers, historic home owners or professionals caring for wooden artifacts in museums. It is filled with practical knowledge that will interest anyone with family heirlooms, wood furnishings or detailing in their home they want to preserve for future generations.”

After Fallon’s training at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation and the Smithsonian Institution’s prestigious Masters Program in Conservation, he went on to open his business, Fallon & Wilkinson LLC, in Baltic, Conn., in 2000.

Fallon was formerly the supervisor of Sotheby’s New York City Restoration Finishing Department, and his client list includes the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.; the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut; the Frick Collection in New York City; and many other public and private collections.

“We enjoyed a full house for the talk on our beautiful stained glass windows,” says Director Mary Knight. “To see [the museum] full of a like-minded congregation of people in this setting truly makes you feel the community’s engagement in our little town.” Knight said, “We will be opening the Lydia B. Cannon Museum for more exciting public events in 2019. The support of our trustees, members, sponsors and donors ensures continued programs, and enables us to bring new and dynamic presenters to the museum. We hope you will attend the upcoming lectures and help keep history alive by becoming a member.”

The lecture is open to the public, and reservations are highly recommended as space is limited.

For more information or to reserve space, go to Current MHS members may attend free; cost is $10 for nonmembers. A reduced rate is available for students with valid ID. Registrants will have the opportunity to become MHS members during the registration process.

Beer donated by Dogfish Head and wine donated by Oak Creek Wine & Spirits will be available for purchase for those 21 and over with valid ID. All proceeds support MHS programs.