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Monroe County Historical Society Museum (Bloomington, IN 47408-3518)
Hilary Renee Fleck (Project Director: April 2016 to present)

Collections Storage Shelving Upgrade

The purchase of archival quality storage units to rehouse the small and medium-sized objects in the permanent collection of the Monroe County History Center (MCHC). These objects make up approximately 40% of MCHC’s 50,000-item collection and are currently stored on cantilever shelving which is both dangerous for the objects and an inefficient use of space. Objects contained in the collection pertain to the history of Monroe County, Indiana, and include cultural and historical items such as children’s toys, antique medical devices, and limestone carving tools. Of particular importance are objects and archives pertaining to the history of Indiana University and the locally started, but nationally famous, Gentry Brothers Circus.

The Monroe County History Center (MCHC) houses a collection of approximately 50,000 objects, documents, and photographs that relate to the history and culture of Monroe County, Indiana. The mission of the MCHC is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Monroe County's history, culture, and natural environment; we accomplish this through the use of items from our collection in exhibits, displays, programs, and research made available to the public. The items covered in this request include our small to medium-sized objects, which constitute about 40% of our entire collection. Our current storage for the majority of these smaller objects consists of steel cantilever library shelving, which poses significant risks to the integrity of the artifacts. The funds requested here would support the purchase of four professional storage furniture units to rehouse the small and medium-sized objects in the permanent collection.

Project fields:
Public History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018