ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿Bravo to the five Affiliates awarded IMLS’ 2011 American Heritage Preservation grants!
- National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (Dubuque, Iowa)
- Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
- Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
- Wing Luke Asian Museum (Seattle, Washington) and
- Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, Wisconsin)
were five of 54 museums nationally to receive theÂ grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium received a $2,948 grant to conserve native son and nationally known artist Alexander Simplot’s painting of the steamboat Virginia titled Steamboat Taking on Wood. Plimoth Plantation received $1,153 to preserve and protect house the museum’s 130-item rare book collection which provides perspectives on both the seventeenth century and the legacy of the English colonists and native Wampanoag people living in seventeenth-century Plymouth Colony. The Senator John Heinz History Center received $2,975 to conserve the Adam Saam discharge paper, which is believed to be the only surviving example of the elaborate pre-printed form of discharge paper from the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Wing Luke Asian Museum will use their $3,000 grant to conserve the painting, Rock Island Dam, by Japanese-American Painter Takuichi Fujii. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum received $3,000 to purchase equipment to record temperature and relative humidity levels in its newly expanded museum facility and on the submarine USS Cobia, a National Historic Landmark vessel.
The Arizona State Museum (Tucson, Arizona) was awarded a $400,000 grant from the federal preservation competition Save Americaâ€™s Treasures. The project entitled Saving Woven Wonders of American Heritage will rehouse the most comprehensive collection of Southwest Native American woven basketry in a climate-controlled space, which will include visitor visibility, to mitigate threats from light, temperature, humidity, insects, and abrasion.
The Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, Wisconsin) will be part of a $39,550 Joint Effort Marketing grant presented by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to market a new multi-community sales promotion, “Wisconsin’s Schooner Coast Passport.