Historic Deerfield gets $71,722 award
DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has received a $71,722 federal grant for a General Conservation Survey, one of 244 awards given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a primary source of federal support for libraries and museums across the nation, announced this week nearly $30 million in grants for museums throughout the country.
The grant would be used for a survey of 18 buildings and their collections of New England furniture, early American silver, English pottery and decorative arts. It will lead to the creation of a long-range conservation plan for collections and historic buildings.
“Historic Deerfield is so pleased to receive this award,” said Philip Zea, President of Historic Deerfield.
“This award will enable us to re-evaluate the museum’s collections’ needs in light of new standards in collections management, to evaluate the present condition of the historic structures, and to continue our tradition of being a role model in the areas of historic preservation and collections care.”
Part of Historic Deerfield’s mission is to educate the public about Deerfield and the Connecticut River Valley’s past through the preservation of collections and historic buildings.
The 16-month conservation survey will be conducted from Oct. 1 to Feb. 1, 2015 by a team of consultants specializing in historic preservation, preventative conservation, museum storage and collections care.