The Whiteside Forum Invites The Public This Sunday


The Whiteside Forum will host guest speaker and historical object expert Ralph Kennedy from Mount Carroll, IL on Sunday February 26th at the Community Room of the Odell Public Library, starting at 2:00pm.  Mr. Kennedy is the owner of Kennedy Furniture Conservation and he will describe to us the distinction and philosophical differences of Preservation, Conservation and Restoration of cultural and historical properties with some personal case study examples.  The Odell Public Library is located at 307 S. Madison St. Morrison, IL and all Forum events are free and open to the public.

These case study examples will include: a Chest of Drawers from the room where President Lincoln died, an elegant settee destroyed in a storage building, and a 1920’s Woods Brothers threshing machine.  As time permits we might also look at one of his current challenges from circa 1890’s Rock Falls, IL, or some past projects which might include: a 1913 Harley Davidson, a unique cane seat chair, a 1920’s art deco oak tall-case clock made by a local farmer, and an 1826 fall-front desk from Zoar, OH.

Kennedy has worked with hundreds of private clients, 60 museums and several large corporations.  He will have a slide show and some hands-on items to share during his presentation.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.  For more information about this event or The Whiteside Forum contact Marc Adami by text 815-718-5347 or email [email protected].

The Whiteside Forum, established in 1985, is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit community group which sponsors presentations and discussions of issues of importance and interest to the public. Issues chosen for conferences have an international dimension as well as local interest and importance. The organization is supported entirely by individual, special and business contributions and all events are free and open to the public.

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