MIDDLEBORO — Last Wednesday before the blizzard, three members of Middleboro’s Simeon L. Nickerson Post 64 American Legion traveled to Andover to meet with staff of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The trio, Paul Provencher, David Singer and Bob Lessard represented the Post’s “poster committee.” Allen Edwards, the fourth committee member, was unable to participate in the trip.

The purpose of the trip was to obtain a “professional second opinion” concerning the care and display of the World War 2 posters owned by the Post. Previously, in December 2015, the committee had met with officials of the Massachusetts State Archives in Dorchester concerning storage and display of the posters.

At that time, the state archivists recommended that the posters, which they found in great shape, be stored in the same manner as had been in the past 70 years. It was suggested that the posters shouldn’t be framed for display until professional opinions were obtained.

Middleboro residents have seen the unframed posters on several Veterans Day during military memorabilia displays in the Town Hall during the past years.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center which states in part on their website: “Founded in 1973, NEDCC is the first independent conservation laboratory in the nation to specialize in treating collections made of paper and parchment…”

The Middleboro committee first met with Ms. Suzanne Gramly, Senior Conservator, who inspected the posters and offered several ideas concerning the care of the posters. She then invited several colleagues, Jonathan Goodrich, Registrar, and Terrance D’Ambrosio, Director of Imaging Services to also inspect the colorful posters.

Paul Provencher and David Singer discussed potential preservation plans with the three representatives and about properly storing and displaying the posters publicly in the future. Bob Lessard remarked that the committee hopes to find a venue to further enhance the lifetime protection of the historical posters.