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PG-233566-16

Burlington County Historical Society (Burlington, NJ 08016-4514)
Lisa Fox Pfeiffer (Project Director: 05/01/2015 to present)

Assessment and Preservation Plan for the Burlington County Historical Society

Hiring an outside consultant to perform the institution’s first-ever collection assessment and develop a preservation plan. The Burlington County Historical Society maintains four historic buildings which are all used to store and display the society’s collection of historical household goods, furniture, toys, and architectural fragments. Approximately 20 percent of the Society’s three-dimensional objects are on public display, with the remaining objects stored in non-public areas of the building. One building contains the Delia Biddle-Pugh library containing approximately 1,500 photographs, maps, books, journals, and ephemera.

This project will create the first collections assessment and first institutional preservation plan for the Burlington County Historical Society. The collection of 5000 artifacts, 500 items of ephemera, and 400 linear feet of archival materials, includes locally-made early 18th century furniture, and a collection of 19th century manumission papers. These support study of the county's social, economic, political, and cultural history. Collections are used in the family-focused Children's History Center "to engage children and families in historic play, spark curiosity about the past, and develop the insights and skills required to build stronger families and communities and create a better future." Susan Duhl, private conservator, will evaluate all collection spaces, conditions, policies, and procedures on campus. She will create a prioritized plan with activities to improve long-term preservation of the collection. The team will present the final Assessment and Plan to the trustees.

Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2018