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Historical Society of SleepyHollow and Tarrytown (Tarrytown, NY 10591-4122)
Sara Mascia (Project Director: May 2012 to present)

Rehousing the Collections of the Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

Hiring two preservation consultants to conduct collections care training for historical society staff and purchase of archival supplies to rehouse and improve storage conditions for the collections, which range from documentary materials to historical artifacts and fine art objects. Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, both located on the Hudson River, were settled by Dutch and English immigrants in the 1640s, and the collections tell the story of the two villages from the mid-17th century through the 1960s; they are used extensively in exhibits and public programs at historic sites and public libraries throughout the area, for educational programming, and for research.

The Historical Society, Inc. serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown has an extensive collection of artifacts and ephemera. One of the recommendations from a recent CAP assessment was to complete the reorganization of the main storage room to provide access to the underutilized collections and establish proper storage conditions for the objects. If received, the Preservation Assistance Grant will fund the creation an organizational plan for the physical collections within the existing storage space under the direction of professional preservation consultants, Rachael Arenstein and Eugenie Milroy. The grant will fund the purchase of initial archival supplies and tools including appropriate tissue, foam and boxes. The consultants will conduct an on-site workshop to train the Executive Director and key volunteers in appropriate handling and storage techniques and will provide ongoing oversight and troubleshooting by working with the Society as they continue the rehousing project.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 6/30/2014