I enjoyed my annual visit bringing the story of Calvin Coolidge’s life and presidency to the enthusiastic fourth-graders at Derby Elementary School up near the Canadian border in Derby Line, VT. Thank you to their teachers, Debra Battista, Jennie Davis, and Amy Nadeau for inviting me each year. After a presentation in each classroom focusing on the Homestead Inauguration, we walked a short distance to my portable hands-on exhibit of photographs, political cartoons and artifacts set up in the school’s library.
Carolyn Frisa, Head Conservator and Owner of Works on Paper presented her information-filled talk, Preserving Family Archives at the recent Open House at the Coolidge Museum and Education Center. She showed a slide series of letters, photos, paintings, and other works on paper that had been damaged by heat, moisture, neglect and contact with acid producing surfaces. This raised our awareness of how to store and handle these delicate items. Carolyn described the process how these items were restored and preserved by careful cleaning, remounting and storage. Audience members had the opportunity to ask questions about specific items they had brought with them. This talk will be available on local access TV stations. For further information about Works on Paper, see www.works-on-paper.net. The Coolidge Foundation thanks Carolyn for sharing her expertise with us!
Government surveillance was the point of contention at the Coolidge Foundation’s third Coolidge Cup Qualifying tournament, held with the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance on April 8th and 9th at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, Texas. Students debated whether the government should curtail its surveillance of private citizens. Nearly 100 students participated in this exciting policy debate.