The Peabody Township Library is currently raising funds to have our WWI Painting “Peabody’s Roll of Honor” cleaned and restored. The painting was donated by painter Jack Logan to the Peabody Township in January of 1919. On it are the names of all the men who served in WWI. At the top, there are 7 names in gold which are the 7 men who gave their lives serving our country in combat. Once the Peabody Township had the painting framed at a local frame shop, it has been hanging over the basement stairs ever since. The painting is still in excellent shape in spite of being almost 100 years old. Several things made this possible. First, Mr. Logan painting the painting on a board and not canvass. Had it been on canvass, the temperature fluctuations that the library experiences would have caused the paint to separate from the canvass. Second, the painting is hanging on the only wall in the library that never gets direct sunlight. Third, if the painting would have been cleaned several years ago, there is a distinct possibility the chemicals used then could have destroyed the painting. Finally, the library was not climate controlled and there is a very fine layer of chemical free farm dirt that found it’s way onto the painting before the dust from modern day farming practices. Had any one of these occurrences turned out differently, the painting might have been not worth being repaired.
A couple of years ago, the Peabody Township Library started a fund to get the painting cleaned and restored by a professional. The estimate given was around $5,000.00. To date, about half of that money has been raised. It is our goal to have the funds raised before the construction of the lift project slated for after August 2016. If the funds can be raised by that time, the painting will be able to be removed from the library during construction and then returned to the library after construction is complete. Since the library is now 100% climate controlled, temperature fluctuations are much smaller and this restoration is hoped to last for at least another 150 years.
If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact the library at (620) 983-2502 during normal hours of operation.