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Eastham Historical Society (Eastham, MA 02642-0008)
Debra DeJonker-Berry (Project Director: May 2016 to June 2019)
Eastham Cultural Resource Institutions: Collaborating for Preservation in a Small, Close-knit Community

Conservation workshops on paper and photographic preservation, digital preservation, and exhibition handling, each accommodating 20 participants from the three Eastham, Massachusetts, institutions which hold historical materials related to the town and Cape Cod: the Library, the Historical Society, and the Town Clerk. The Historical Society Archives contain more than 100 linear feet of manuscript material, bound volumes, and photographic prints, as well as a small amount of audiovisual and digital material. The Library’s special collections hold nearly 1,000 circulating and non-circulating published historical volumes and town and local records, as well as a small amount of original genealogical research. The Town Clerk holds numerous files related to town history. Notable items at the three institutions are 18th-century land deeds; 19th-century maritime ledgers, a light keeper’s log; early town maps; and Eastham’s 1770s indenture document, signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with its original wax seal. The workshops are based on recommendations from a 2013 preservation needs assessment.

Those responsible for preservation of cultural institutions in Eastham, a small, historic town on Cape Cod, meet regularly to share information and work together on preservation, disaster planning and digitization. The group addresses areas that staff and volunteers feel they need training for and highlight resources to protect and make their collections more accessible. Over the last two years, several of the larger institutions (library, historical society, town clerk) have worked to begin digitizing their collections, attended an all day Disaster Planning workshop, and offered a workshop called "Broken Windows and Leaky Pipes" to those responsible for smaller collections.  This grant application will bring staff from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to Eastham for three full-day workshops on conservation techniques to further the group's collaborative goals to protect, digitize and display their collections and to offer training to other smaller cultural institutions.

Project fields:
History, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$5,573 (approved)
$5,573 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2016 – 6/30/2018