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Point Lookout Historical Society (Point Lookout, NY 11569-0854)
Ann Holt (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Point Lookout Historical Society General Preservation Assessment and Emergency Preparedness Plan

A preservation assessment and consultation to plan for future disaster preparedness at the Point Lookout Historical Society, which was forced to relocate after its building was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The collections include civic records and ephemera that document the local history of Point Lookout since the 1600s, with coverage of topics such as the history of living and working by the sea, the development of environmentalism in the region, military history, and railroad history. The collection of approximately 250,000 items includes manuscripts, correspondence, books, maps, photographs, artifacts, and audiovisual materials. It has supported research projects by local students as well as on- and off-site exhibits on community history.

The Point Lookout Historical Society (PLHS) recently relocated after having lost its home due to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. In January 2013, PLHS obtained its charter from the NYS Board of Regents. PLHS seeks 6000$ to hire a consultant to 1) conduct a general assessment of the preservation needs of the collections since relocation, 2) assess the environmental and storage conditions 3) provide guidelines for space recommendations meeting archival standards and, 4) advise on an emergency preparedness plan for future-weather related events. The collections (1600s to present) represent the history of the local community dating back to the colonial era with the original land grant. The collections document the history of Point Lookout, among other things, its civic and environmental records, and historical ephemera. They are used for exhibits, educational programming at local events, historical research (for scholars from K-12 and above), and genealogical inquiry.

Project fields:
Arts, General; History, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
2/1/2014 – 7/31/2017