No doubt we can all appreciate a good historical artifact, but one of the problems with artifacts is that at some point, sentimentality and historical respect aside, they are just old things that sit around getting older. That's the trouble The Thomas Edison National Historical Park
in West Orange, New Jersey has run into recently, as some of the linens from their collection of Edison memorabilia
are starting to show their age.
Namely, an American flag, one of Edison's original movie projection screens, and one of his last lab coats have all seen better days, and are in need of a little restoration. So while the Internet has to wrangle a posse of nerds to pass the hat just to protect the land for a Tesla museum, taxpayers will be footing the $20,000 bill for Thomas Edison's maid service,
eight decades after his death.