Click on photos in the Photo essay  for larger image - rollover the image for its description .   The  Images - before, during and after - are related to the restoration of an iconic group of Nativity Figures - part of  Vernon Connecticut's Saint Bernard Church's Christmas for over 50 years.    For the Restoration Story, click hereThe early fiberglass BLO-MOLD Nativity figures,  created c.1939-42,  were restored by Elle Fagan and the Church team in 2007.  Upon learning they were American icons, the project got fancier.  Careful provenance was followed by permissions, technical study, materials and six months of careful process - cleaning, repairing, priming , repainting, and sealing for beauty and durability.   A labor of love and much fun!   Hope you enjoy this collection of photos from the six-month adventure, and the joyful Holiday Unveiling....elle.