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Franklin County Historical Society, Inc. (Ottawa, KS 66067-2649)
Deborah C. Barker (Project Director: May 2016 to October 2018)
Diana Staresinic-Deane (Project Director: October 2018 to June 2019)
Conservation and Environmental Assessment

Purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and HEPA-filtered vacuums to improve preventive conservation at the Franklin County Historical Society. Working with the same consultant who prepared a 2011 Conservation Assessment Report, the society plans to monitor the environment of two separate buildings in order to understand better the current environmental conditions and to determine what HVAC and conservation upgrades are needed. Collections stored in these buildings include more than 25,000 historic objects, large and small, such as vehicles, railroad equipment, and agricultural tools, as well as artifacts from local Native American tribes and a fully furnished Victorian parlor.

Established in 1937, the Franklin County Historical Society of Ottawa, Kansas, has acquired a rich permanent collection of 25,000+ museum artifacts, and 33,000+ manuscript and photograph collections, representing the cultural history of Franklin County from the 1854 Kansas Territory-Missouri Border Wars to the present day. We seek an NEH preservation grant to purchase Nilfisk HEPA-filter vacuums to clean our museum artifacts and their display and storage spaces, and to purchase Image Permanence Institute PEM2 environmental data logging equipment and an eClimateNotebook subscription to assess environmental conditions within our Old Depot Museum and storage facility so that we may identify and correct HVAC deficiencies in these buildings. We commit to hire Deborah Long (of the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center), with our own funds, as the grant project's Consultant to analyze the logged data and report upon its findings with recommendations for our future conservation activities.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$5,481 (approved)
$5,481 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018