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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (Boston, MA 02114-1933)
Gregor Trinkaus-Randall (Project Director: May 2016 to August 2019)
Finding Common Ground: Collaborative Training for the Cultural Heritage and Emergency Response Communities

Six state-wide training workshops and the production of on-line educational materials on disaster planning, response, and recovery, for 200 cultural heritage professionals and first responders in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, on behalf of the cultural heritage emergency network COSTEP MA, the MA Archives, the MA Cultural Council, the New England Museum Association, and the MA Department of Fire Services will build on 25 years of the MBLC's statewide preservation activities and the more recent work of COSTEP MA to bring together the cultural heritage, municipal administration, and emergency responder communities in a pilot project for a national program on disaster preparedness and response. Jointly taught by preservation specialists and firefighting professionals, six workshops will address preservation, risk assessment and mitigation, disaster planning, disaster recovery, and salvage of cultural heritage materials from the perspectives of cultural stewards and emergency responders. The face-to-face curriculum will be turned into an online course that will be made freely available by COSTEP MA for adaptation and delivery by other states and territories.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Preservation Education and Training

Preservation and Access

$196,696 (approved)
$174,485 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018