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Fort Smith Museum of History (Fort Smith, AR 72901-1937)
Connie Manning (Project Director: May 2015 to February 2016)
Leisa Gramlich (Project Director: February 2016 to present)

Mitigating and Monitoring Light Levels in the Fort Smith Museum of History

The installation of UV and light filtering solar shades in the museum’s first floor galleries and purchase of a UV and visible-light meter to monitor light levels in the museum, as well as at neighboring cultural heritage institutions.  Collection items include vehicles, such as a 1907 International telephone utility wagon, a 1908 Buick, and the city of Fort Smith’s first fire engine. The solar shades would also help to preserve an installation of a pharmacy exhibition that includes compounding equipment, a functioning soda fountain, and vintage soda bottles from local bottling companies.  These objects are used to tell the history of the town and are representative of the period when the Atkinson-Williams Warehouse, where the museum is currently located, was built.

This grant would support the Fort Smith Museum of History's acquisition of UV and visible light filtering window shades, and a UV and visible light meter. The window shades would be installed on the first floor in exhibition areas, including a temporary gallery, which would increase the variety of traveling exhibitions the Museum could host. The light meter would allow for the monitoring of UV and visible light throughout the Museum, and would be available for other local cultural heritage institutions to borrow. The Museum's collections vary in medium, but all relate to the history of the growth of the area, from the Native American tribes that originally inhabited the region and the founding of the first Fort Smith in 1817 as part of America's westward settlement, to the recent past including integration of local schools and businesses in the 1960s and the relocation of Vietnamese refugees to the city in the late 1970s.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 11/30/2016