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The Albert P. Burchfield painting before (left) and after (right) restoration.
Click here to see the restoration process.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., was created in 1998 to maintain and preserve the grand memorial and museum located at 4141 Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, including its mission of honoring and remembering our military veterans. One of the best kept secrets about Soldiers & Sailors is its collection of artwork such as paintings, prints and sculptures, both on display and in storage. Due to their age, among other factors, many of these pieces cannot be displayed in their current condition and are in need of restoration by professional conservators.

In 2016, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., identified about 25 pieces with critical needs. It then set out to raise awareness and funding to begin the critical restoration process. Recognizing the importance of restoring works of art, the Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation was one of the first funders to aid in Soldiers & Sailors’ endeavor and awarded a $10,000 grant to restore two Civil War era lithographs and two paintings. Soldiers & Sailors Curator Michael Kraus says of the rejuvenated Albert P. Burchfield portrait, “It’s exciting to see works of art in our collection that survived a 106 year journey through time, somewhat tired and damaged, come back to life as bright, fresh works that are culturally important and worth viewing for generations to come.” Burchfield, a Civil War veteran and the first president of the Memorial Association, was responsible for conceiving the idea and construction of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall. Go to to see the experts at Alba Art Conservation transform the Burchfield painting.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., continues its pursuit of funds. For more information contact the curatorial department by calling 412-621-4253, ext. 215.
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Soldiers & Sailors is the nation’s only memorial and museum dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service and in all capacities (Active, Reserve, Guard). Operated and maintained by a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, the historic memorial was designed by renowned architect Henry Hornbostel and opened in 1910. The museum within the memorial offers a unique look into American history by telling the stories of the individuals that served our country through exhibits covering all of America’s conflicts from the Civil War through Afghanistan. Through educational and veteran outreach programs, museum displays and special events, we share and promote the significance of the facility to the community as a living memorial, an educational asset, and a cultural treasure.