Adopt-an-Artifact

soap box derby car before conservation

1953 High Point Soap Box Derby car built by Henry Clyde Williams, Jr. and sponsored by the High Point Fire Department

Some of the more than 37,000 objects in our collection are in need of conservation and preservation. We hope you will consider becoming a Preservation Partner to help underwrite the cost.

Since 2013, the Historical Society’s annual Adopt-an-Artifact campaign has raised conservation funds for an irreplaceable High Point artifact. Thanks to the support of the community, we have raised over $12,000 and conserved more than twenty-two artifacts!  

Your tax-deductible donation to our Adopt-an-Artifact fund will help ensure that these artifacts will be saved for our community to enjoy!

Why is Conservation Beneficial?

  • Helps with long-term preservation of artifacts through restoration or stabilization
  • Slows down deterioration so that artifacts can be exhibited and enjoyed for years to come
  • Often necessary to correct damage from use, age, or old repairs

Why Does Conservation Cost so Much?

  • Conservation is handled by a trained professional, usually specialized in a certain type of artifact
  • Needs special tools and materials
  • Requires careful photographic documentation of all steps
  • Not all repairs needed are easily visible