The museum received a grant that will allow it to contract with conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of its collections and historic building and recommend ways to correctly improve collections and building conditions, according to
"It's great for us," Manning explained. "Our collections are more than 100 years old, and our building is more than 100 years old."
Manning said a grant worth approximately
"They'll stay here two days and go through everything -- not specific items, but to get a broad assessment of how we're doing and provide recommendations," Manning explained. "What's really great about the program is that we're able to build upon those recommendations for grant-seeking and tools to help us better our collections."
The on-site consultation will enable the
"This is the first assessment of this type the museum has ever done," Manning said. "We have had previous assessments of different types done, but this is the first conservation assessment. Many museums seek to participate in this type of assessment."
Heritage Preservation's president,
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