We are Running out of Time
Restoring these murals is urgent. Hoffbauer's murals were painted directly onto canvas that had been glued to plaster walls. In numerous areas, the paint is not only flaking but also the canvas is detaching from the wall. Dirt, dust, and exhaust fumes from the heating system in place 100 years ago have had almost a century to obscure once bright colors. The brave and anguished faces of soldiers are hardly identifiable under the layers of soot and grime.
Important cleaning and conservation work has started, 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 comes with a challenge to match it with private support.
Two other private foundations have now joined the effort. Grants from the Shelton H. Short, Jr. Trust and the Alfred I. duPont Foundation have moved us closer to the million-dollar goal. We depend now on individuals like you to rally around the VHS and save the murals.
Commemorative prints of the pre-restoration individual murals and the panels are a special thank you for gifts of $1,000 or more.