Banner gets help from RIT
As one of the nation's
leading color scientists, Roy Berns was invited by the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History to join the Star-Spangled
Banner Preservation Project as a technical advisor.
Berns measured the
flag's color properties using a portable reflection spectrophotometer
and helped establish a measurement protocol for documenting color
changes before and after cleaning. Measurements made by conservators
at the Smithsonian during treatment are being used by Berns to
simulate the appearance of the entire flag following cleaning.
Berns will use the
virtually cleaned flag in his lighting simulation experiments.
His goal is to help design lighting that prevents further damage
while giving museumgoers the best visual experience.
The flag that inspired
Francis Scott Key's famous poem and our national anthem is
too delicate for ordinary display. It's very, very
fragile, Berns says. People realize that preservation
is the most important criterion.