From Weathered Wood to Gilded Age:
IMLS-Funded General Conservation Surveys for Organizations with
American Association for State
and Local History Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island
Two institutions undertook IMLS-funded General Conservation
Surveys. In historic Virginia
City and Nevada City, the state of Montana maintains over
200,000 objects exhibited or stored in 80 gold-rush era buildings.
Society of Newport County exhibits 11 historic house museums,
the most prominent being of the Gilded Age, including the
homes of the Vanderbilts, Berwinds, and Oelrichs. The sites
differ in size, focus, appearance, and institutional structure.
Application of the IMLS
grant to those differences will be a focal point of the panel.
The commonalties of logistics, reporting, short and long-term
goals, and project assessment will also be addressed. The
significance of the discussion lies in the importance of such
surveys to large, multiple-building sites in setting priorities
and developing useful information for all stakeholders.
- Charles J. Moore, Chief Conservator, The Preservation Society
of Newport County, Newport, RI
- Helen Alten, Objects Conservator, Northern States Conservation
Center, St. Paul, MN
- Pat Roath, Curator of Collections, McFarland Curatorial
Center, Virginia City, MT
- Philip Cryan Marshall, Associate Professor, Historic Preservation
Program, Roger Wiliams University, Bristol, RI