Before John D. Long was Secretary of the Navy, before he served as Governor of Massashusetts, before he was involved with law and politics, the new Harvard graduate was a teacher at Westford Academy. In September of 1857, John D. Long came to Westford to become preceptor at the highly acclaimed Westford Academy. His detailed dairies documented his day to day activities at the school and his enjoyment of the parties and social engagements of the area. The Westford Museum is creating a new exhibit about Westford Academy and would like to repair and reframe this pastel portrait of John D. Long to include in the exhibit.

John Davis Long was the 32nd Governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1880 to 1883. He later served as the Secretary of the Navy from 1897 to 1902, a period that included the primarily naval Spanish–American War.He clashed with his Under-Secretary, Theodore Roosevelt, over expansion of the Navy when the Spanish–American War broke out in 1898. Help us preserve an image of such an interesting and important figure in history. Some of the things the Document Conservation Center will work on are mending a tear and repairing small losses using Japanese paper and wheat starch paste. The paper is very brittle so they will provide a new backing support. They will in paint areas of pastel loss along the tears and the insect damaged area in the background.

We are raising funds to restore the portrait at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). You can help! We now have a matching grant from the Westford Family FunFest  Foundation for $1000. Your donation will go farther!