A Tale of Curation Cooperation

Recently, the MAC Lab’s State curator, Becky Morehouse, came across a very interesting silver button in the Maryland state collections. She brought the button to the attention of the Lab’s curator of Federal collections, Sara Rivers Cofield, who is very interested in “small finds” (miscellaneous objects that are not found on excavations in large quantities). Sara, in the meantime, had arranged for herself and Laura Galke, a curator from George Washington’s boyhood home of “Ferry Farm” in Virginia, to travel to Colonial Williamsburg to study the small finds in Williamsburg’s collections. The visit turned out even better than planned when Williamsburg curators pulled out their own set of the same kind of buttons as the silver button from the MAC Lab. Sara was able to provide information about the buttons from her research while the Williamsburg curators were able to help Sara and Laura by generously offering their time and knowledge of their collections. Way to go curators!

Colonial Williamsburg button on the left,
Maryland button on right.


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