Things get lost. Sometimes it is something big like your wallet or dog. Other times it is not being able to find your keys before going to work. Sometimes it is history, or memory, be it family or institutional.
In this case, it was a sign that once graced the Freer Museum’s façade and was subsequently saved from a trash can. Recently, we acquired a gift of photographs and other behind-the-scenes material from the early days of the Freer|Sackler Museum.
Combing through the materials, a pleasant surprise came to light.
|The Freer Sign can be seen in the lower right of this photograph.|
We never knew exactly where the sign had been as that institutional knowledge had been lost to time. Sometimes happy accidents happen and things that were once lost are restored.
If you want to know more about the Freer sign, please read Dumpsters are Fun.
Lara Amrod, Archivist