A Timely Project

Hoffbauer's murals were painted directly onto canvas that had been glued to plaster walls. In numerous areas, the paint was not only flaking but also the canvas was detaching from the wall. Dirt, dust, and exhaust fumes from the heating system in place 100 years ago had almost a century to obscure once bright colors. The brave and anguished faces of soldiers were hardly identifiable under the layers of soot and grime.

Important cleaning and conservation work was undertaken, thanks to a Save America's Treasures grant awarded by a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The grant came with a challenge to match it with private support.

Two other private foundations joined the effort. Grants from the Shelton H. Short, Jr. Trust and the Alfred I. duPont Foundation moved us closer to our million-dollar goal. We depend now on individuals like you to rally around the VHS to continue this important work as we safeguard the murals themselves.

Commemorative prints of the pre-restoration individual murals and the panels are a special thank you for gifts of $1,000 or more.

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