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Nordic Heritage Museum Foundation (Seattle, WA 98107-4140)
Fred Poyner (Project Director: May 2016 to June 2019)
National Costume Conservation at the Nordic Heritage Museum

A preservation assessment and the rehousing of a collection of 17 costumes, comprising 79 individual items of clothing, footwear, and accessories documenting the heritage of Scandinavia.  Two consultants, one specializing in textiles and the other in metals, would undertake a condition assessment of 17 men’s, women’s, and children’s folk costumes from Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, dating from the late 19th century through the 1970s.  The costumes are used for in-house and traveling exhibits, educational programming for all ages, and research.

The Nordic Heritage Museum, in preparation for transfer to its new facility, respectfully seeks $5997 in funding support to rehouse a select portion of its textile collection. The selection, consisting of 79 items, is a unique collection of 17 National Costumes representing the five Nordic countries and the Sami people, obtained from the Seattle Nordic-American community. The National Costumes collection has been on display continuously for 10 years in Museum’s folk art gallery. To prepare the collection for moving and long term storage, archival quality boxes and clothes racks are needed to safely store these important representations of cultural and everyday Pacific Northwest Nordic-American life. All items require inspection, condition reporting, packing, and storage for transfer to padded archival boxes. Support would provide for conservation services and supplies to undertake this essential work for the long term care of the collection.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife; Immigration History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$5,997 (approved)
$5,997 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2017 – 8/31/2018