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Old Repairs: The Good, The Bad and the Irreversible

The Good, the Bad, and……..
Have old furniture that needs restoration? Has it been restored in the past – for better or for worse? Some old repairs hold up well, while others don’t, and are costly or impossible to reverse and redo. We’ll look at some good ones and some offenders and discuss what went right or wrong and why.

Join us on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 pm, at the Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Avenue. The Historical Society is pleased to present Conservator Melissa Hiatt Carr of Masterwork Conservation, who will talk about “Old Repairs: The Good, The Bad, and the Irreversible.”

Melissa Carr has seen more old repairs than she cares to count. She has worked as a conservator of wooden objects for almost twenty years, the last ten of which as the owner and lead conservator of Masterwork Conservation. Her specialties are Asian lacquer, period interior rooms, finish recovery (No! Don’t sand it!), and structural repairs. She consults and treats for major museums, historic houses, and individuals. Her undergraduate degree in chemistry and her graduate degree in conservation were separated by programs in architecture and cabinetmaking, as well as a number of jobs of varying interest.

This presentation is open to the public. Programs are free for members of the Historical Society, and $5.00 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. For more information about this program, please call Gloria Greis, 781-455-8860 or