Group one wants to leave them alone.
Group two is concerned about the splinters and "grunge" that comes off onto people's clothes.
Group one wants to preserve history.
Group two wants them clean and safe.
Is there a middle ground out there? How can we clean these pews and yet restore them to satisfy the history folks? And once that process is done, what is an acceptable finish to put on them to keep the mold, mildew, and "grunge" from getting into the wood again?