Listen as John Fox, director of the Corning Glass Center in 1972, recalls an attempted rescue of a Venetian dragon-stem goblet, which at the time was believed to be a rare 16th century piece. The effort was unsuccessful. It was impossible to get into the case without damaging the goblet, and Fox was soon forced to seek safety on the building’s roof. The goblet was damaged, and it was the first piece repaired after the flood. During restoration, the goblet was determined to be a 19th century reproduction.
The Flood of ’72: Community, Collections, and Conservation chronicles the determination of Museum staff and the community to rebuild, and sheds light on the unique conservation techniques that were used to restore Library materials.