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Darien Historical Society Hosts Speech On Heirloom Care

Sally Lorensen Conan
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DARIEN, Conn. – Sally Lorensen Conant will speak about “How to Conserve Your Heirloom Costumes and Quilts,” at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Darien Historical Society.

She plans to discuss the best ways to display, care for, clean, and store your favorite textile items.

Conant will touch on some stain removers, like water, baby powder, baby wipes, baking soda, club soda, cornstarch, lighter fluid, shoe polish, White-Out, etc. She will also discuss wet cleaning aids and deep cleaning methods.

Storage options for clothing and long-term storage for lace, linens, and quilts will be another topic. Conant also will give information on what acid-free storage materials are available, and whether certain items should be stored flat or rolled.

Conant formerly served as a museum professional, and is the founder and operator of Orange Restoration Labs, which is the largest gown preservation service in New England. Many museums and historical societies seek her as a consultant, and she is the executive director of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, a non-profit string of cleaners, found in seven countries. The organization specializes in cleaning all kinds of heirloom textiles.

She has been featured in wedding books and magazines, and is a member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Objects, and the Textile Society of America. Conant was recognized in 2005 as a Master Wedding Vendor by the Association of Bridal Consultants, and she was given the International Drycleaners Congress’ Makoto Igarashi Award for Restoration.

Cost to attend Conant’s presentation at the Darien Library is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Space is limited, so an RSVP will be required with payment.

For information about the historical society visit its website.

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