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Adopt an Object

The Washington County Museum has a wonderful collection.  It is full of objects, books, photographs and much more that tell the story of this County.  So much so that taking care of these things could be a full time job all on its own!

We are dedicated to preserving the materials we have so that they can be enjoyed and learned from by future generations.  To ensure this success, our Curator continually surveys the collection to identify pieces that require additional attention.  This is called a “conservation assessment,” and is vital to the long-term care of the collection.

For this new, special program starting at the Museum, we will be highlighting items of particular interest that you, members of the museum community, might be interested in lending a hand in.  These will be objects that are in need of specialized conservation.  Below is the objects and estimated cost of the conservation needed.

If something here strikes a chord with you, maybe you have a related interest, or a childhood memory connected to it, you can contact the museum and Adopt the Object!  By supporting the conservation of the object you will help speed up our conservation project and help keep our collection in top shape.

Folks who do adopt an object will receive special recognition on this page and whenever the object is on display.  As this is a pilot program for the museum your feedback is important to us to help shape this into something fun and worthwhile for you too!

Washington County Jail Register

Dating to 1914
Adoption Cost: $2,000
Adoption will cover the conservation of this register. This object documents
Washington County arrests and bookings and chronicles the mischief early
residents were “collared” for.