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  • Odessa intern explains map conservation project

  • Krista Grant, 23, interned with the Historic Odessa Society this summer, helping to conserve old maps of the Delaware area that date back to the 1700’s.


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  • Krista Grant, 23, interned with the Historic Odessa Society this summer, helping to conserve old maps of the Delaware area that date back to the 1700’s.
    Grant graduated in 2010 from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s in art history and fine art.
    She is working towards getting into graduate school for conservation, and to do this, she needs to show that she is passionate towards the subject. She spent eight weeks in Delaware this summer for her internship, which ended Aug. 17.
    The maps Grant treated will be on display in 2013.
    Q. What was your job as an art conservation intern?
    A. My job coming out here was to help treat about 10 maps that the foundation has that they are planning on using in an exhibition next year. The internship consisted of working under Betty Fiske and doing treatments on the maps and documenting them and getting them for where they could go out for exhibit.
    Q. What kind of maps did you work with?
    A. They’re all of this area and of the east coast. They range from the early 1700’s to the 1800’s. One was of Europe, the rest were of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas. The Historic Odessa Society owns them all.
    Q. What are some things that you discovered while treating the maps?
    A. As far as geography, there isn’t anything terribly outstanding, but it’s interesting to see the history of how people planned the area out. One map was neat with an East and West New Jersey, which isn’t there today. Some areas with bodies of water have different coastlines. It’s fun to pick out and see the different territories. Before the states were pinned down, they had different names. Anything west of Virginia was up for grabs, and you can definitely see the history of different states and how they developed.
    Q. How were the maps treated?
    A. There is a big range in how we treated them. They were from the same time periods, and used similar materials. Each one had a different treatment though. Some had different pigments.

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