Charles G. Clarke (1899 – 1983) may not have been present for the settling of the American West, but he sure was present for the building of its mythology. In the course of his life he went from living on the street to being a celebrated cinematographer, as well as an esteemed Lewis and Clark […]
The Conservation Department
The conservation department works to preserve all the collections held at the Center and has become an international training center for young conservation and preservation professionals.
Charles G. Clarke was a pioneering Hollywood cinematographer, one of the first to film “talkies.” His real love, though, was history, especially that of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and his home state of California. A self-taught scholar, Clarke wrote what is still considered to be one of the seminal books on the Lewis and […]
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Chief Conservator, Beverly Perkins, has been named a recipient of the Sheldon & Caroline Keck Award from the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). The award recognizes a sustained record of excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals. Recipients of the Keck Award are nominated by their […]
Revealing how Plains Indians traversed the Washakie WildernessBy Alyssa Rina and Kate Breitenstein At the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (The Center), Conservation interns Alyssa Rina, Kate Breitenstein, Sarah Freshnock, and Brianna Connaghan are working closely with anthropologist Dr. Larry Todd, Research Associate for the Draper Museum, to diligently analyze 200 obsidian lithics collected […]
My first textile conservation project at the Center of the West was a sixteenth century European tapestry privately owned by one of the Conservation Internship Program’s most generous donors (she has funded a great many interns!). It is a big and beautiful work of art that had been waiting to go back home at the end of this […]
Some of the objects we’ve treated in the conservation lab this summer have been pretty high-profile. In case I haven’t name-dropped Buffalo Bill enough yet, we’ve worked on both his saddle and his travel case. The California Mission saddle is all polished up and heading off on loan soon. And of course there’s the infamous Great Basin Winchester, […]