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Chippewa Valley Museum (Eau Claire, WI 54702-1204)
Carrie M. Ronnander (Project Director: May 2015 to present)

Preserving Collections at the Historic Schlegelmilch House

The purchase of window shades, storage shelving equipment, and re-housing supplies to preserve the collections in the Schlegelmilch House, a 1871 to 1906 merchant’s home that reflects middle-class domestic life during Eau Claire’s lumber boom.  Collection items include furniture made by Herman Schlegelmilch, the German immigrant who built the house, an 1875 diary by 13-year-old Louise Schlegelmilch, and paintings by regional artist S.O. Lund that were collected by the family.  The house and collections are central to this regional museum’s interpretive programs for students, including working with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s public history classes to examine issues related to public programs, interpretation, historic preservation, and site management.

The Chippewa Valley Museum (CVM) requests $6,000 for equipment and supplies to improve exhibit and storage conditions for 2,105 objects housed at our 1871-1906 Schlegelmilch House in downtown Eau Claire. Four generations of the Schlegelmilch-Barland family lived in the House from 1871 until the late 1970s, an experience documented with deep family collections. At project end, all collections on exhibit at the House will benefit from reduced light exposure. Family collections associated with use of the House will be maintained there in improved conditions. Unassociated stored collections will move to CVM general collections storage for an equal improvement. Our project is based on a 2012 assessment of collections storage at the House conducted by Elisa Redman, Midwest Arts Conservation Center. Key CVM project staff played key roles in past preservation projects benefiting 90% of the collections.

Project fields:
U.S. History; Women's History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,250 (approved)
$5,250 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017