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Naperville Heritage Society (Naperville, IL 60540-6517)
Sharon Bennett-Hinkle (Project Director: December 2014 to present)

Naper Settlement Sustainable Environmental Improvement Program

A planning project to develop a sustainable, comprehensive strategy for reducing air and water infiltration and maintaining appropriate climate control in 19 of the 30 historic buildings at the 12-acre Naper Settlement.

Naper Settlement recently conducted a collections and building re-assessment which determined an environmental management plan was a critical priority to the long-term preservation of the museum’s collections and buildings.  While Naper Settlement's 30 buildings, both original and reconstructed are significant, their interiors also contain historical resources that the museum has committed to preserving in its public trust role.  Along with a team of experts, Naper Settlement will assess past studies and plans, review available environmental data and perform building and system evaluations to design a detailed, practical and prioritized environmental implementation plan to best manage building and collection preservation needs balanced with their programmatic uses.  The museum looks to develop a plan that facilitates acceptable building environments using existing or modified mechanical systems or non-mechanical approaches conducive to long-term preservation and sustainable practices.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$28,170 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2017