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Eagle Scout project conserves historic artifacts at museum

Life Scout Ledan Kano‘eau Delatori uses de-corroder on a kerosene lamp as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Life Scout Ledan Kano’eau Delatori led a group of Scouts from Troop 79 who conserved historic artifacts at the Baldwin Home Museum in Lahaina on Oct. 7. Several volunteers also participated in the program.

Through the Eagle Scout project, the group learned about conservation methods for rusting metal objects. Using a hands-on approach to stop corrosion, the Scouts were able to protect the integrity of the artifacts.

“We were hoping to do something for our community where our family has lived for over a century,” Delatori said. “Being able to restore artifacts from an important era of our town and from a place where we have a strong family connection too was an extra special treat.”

Delatori planned and led the project, and Lahaina Restoration Foundation supplied a variety of plantation-era artifacts, in addition to cleaning supplies and tools. The Scouts used a nontoxic de-corroder to halt the chemical process of oxidation, then they applied a wax coating to protect the surface. Chris Conley, the foundation’s collections caretaker, instructed the group on how to properly protect the metal on the artifacts.

The group was able to conserve 36 artifacts during the morning workshop.

“All the plantation-era artifacts in our collection are donations from members of the Lahaina community,” stated Theo Morrison, executive director of Lahaina Restoration Foundation. “It’s thrilling to share our knowledge with the Scouts and give them hands-on training in caring for and preserving artifacts from the past.”

For further information, contact the foundation at 661-3262 or info@lahainarestoration.org or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.