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Save the Presidents
A Historical Documment Conservation Project

The DAR Helps “Save the Presidents” for the Jefferson County Historical Society
(November 20, 2010 News Release - Executive Director Bill Wood)

DAR GrantThe LeRay de Chaumont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are sponsoring a grant request to help conserve the newly discovered documents signed by President Lincoln at the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Leela Aitcheson, President of the DAR LeRay de Chaumont Chapter is pursuing a new grant opportunity with the national DAR that focuses on preserving American history. The matching grant is being requested to help cover the over $2,000 cost for conservation.

One document is a commission appointing the post master of Sackets Harbor. It is historically significant because it bears the original signature of one of America’s most famous presidents and also ties our county to the greater history of the nation.

The Jefferson County Historical Society is currently planning a “Save the Presidents” campaign to raise funds to address the conservation needs of the Lincoln documents and more. A number of the president’s documents and oil paintings in the JCHS collection are in need of repair for their preservation. One original oil portrait painting of Abraham Lincoln stands over 6 feet high and 5 feet wide. It’s conservation is also on the list of treasures the Historical Society is trying to preserve for us and future generations.

Anyone interested in learning how to help with the preservation of the documents and paintings or the planning of the upcoming “Presidents Exhibit” and activities should contact Executive Director Bill Wood at 782-3491.

Photo Caption – Leela Aitcheson, President of the DAR LeRay de Chaumont Chapter, presents the grant application for the conservation of the newly found documents signed by President Lincoln to JCHS Executive Director, Bill Wood.