ITEMS IN NEED OF CONSERVATION:
Ledger Books - 1769-1803
Abby Ann Muzzey Sampler - 1816
Silk Needlework - 19th Century
Muzzey Civil War Flag - c. 1861-1865
Liberty Loan Flags - 1918 & 1919
ITEMS RECENTLY CONSERVED:
Anna Munroe Portrait - c. 1830
Daguerreotype of Steam Train - 1846
Dr. Fiske Bill - 1775
Draft of Constitution of Massachusetts - 1780
Jonas Clarke Commemorative Sermon - 1776
Mulliken Family Needlework - c. 1830
Munroe Family Porcelain - 18th Century
Muzzey Civil War Scrapbook - 1861-1865
Muzzey Civil War Uniform - c. 1861-1865
Oral Histories on Cassette - 1950-1997
Receipt for Lexington Militia Payroll - 1778
Receipt for Purchase of Drums - 1775
Ledgers and Day Books - 1769-1803
The Society archives retain four very unique 18th century ledgers and day books. Three of them belonged to William Munroe, proprietor of Munroe Tavern in Lexington, and they range from 1769 to 1796. The fourth belonged to Rufus Merriam, proprietor of Buckman Tavern and the first postmaster in Lexington, and this ledger contains records from 1794-1803.
Taverns played a large and important role in American history and the Revolution, and these ledgers can offer incredible insight concerning daily life in the colonial period. They document the sale of a variety of goods, such as sugar, tea, chocolate, rum, candles, tobacco, gun powder, gingerbread, and silk. They also record the purchases of many prominent members of colonial Lexington, such as Reverend Jonas Clarke, David Fisk, Prince Estabrook, a variety of members of the Harrington family, and many others!
Treatment needed: Cleaning, disbinding, washing and/or surface cleaning, mending and repair, reassembling, creation of custom made housing, digitization.
Conservation to be completed by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, MA
Total Cost to Conserve: $23,000
Current Total Raised: $15,550
UPDATE: 2 of 4 ledgers funded and conserved. 1 additional ledger funded.
$7,450 still needed.