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Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478)
Ellen Censky (Project Director: December 2014 to present)

Milwaukee Public Museum Cultural Collections Master Plan

A planning grant to study environmental conditions and plan for improved storage space for artifact collections pertaining to the history and culture of Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. The collection includes 886,000 archaeological, anthropological, and ethnographic items and 266,000 historical objects (artifacts, decorative arts, numismatics, philatelic items).

The Milwaukee Public Museum will develop a master plan for the collections stored in the basement of the museum’s building. This includes the ethnology and archeology collections, the history collection, the lantern slide collection, as well as the museum’s collection vault. Currently, these collections are in conditions that are subpar, with temperatures that remain consistent but humidity that fluctuates daily and by season. The master plan will establish realistic environmental criteria on a room-by-room basis, determine how collections with similar needs can be co-located, and develop a program for improvements to the basement envelope based on actual environmental needs of specific co-located collections. In addition, the master plan will identify appropriate and space efficient storage units for each area based on actual environmental needs of the specific collections. All of these requirements are consistent with the museum’s Sustainability Policy and Plan.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; History, General

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$37,052 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016