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Washburn Norlands Foundation (Livermore, ME 04253-3807)
Sheri Marie Leahan (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Environmental Monitoring Program

The purchase of dataloggers and consultation with a conservator to establish an environmental monitoring program for the Norlands, a 45-acre living history site and working farm that was home to multiple generations of the Washburn family. The site interprets rural life in 19th-century Maine. Environmental conditions would be monitored for collections of family papers, photographs, artwork, historic clothing, books, glass and ceramic household objects, and furniture that are on exhibition or in storage in the Washburn family mansion (c. 1867), the Washburn Memorial Library (c. 1887), and the Universalist meeting house (c. 1828).

The grant request supports the establishment of a year-long environmental monitoring system in three historic buildings which store or exhibit collections at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center. It funds the purchase of dataloggers, associated software and data shuttles and supports a conservator's time to guide system set-up, training, and use. The conservator will analyze a years's worth of data and make recommendations on improved strategies for collections care. The Norlands is the ancestral home of Maine's Washburn family, a prominent 19th century industrial and political family. The Washburn sons rose to gain prominence in state, national and international politics, business and industry, diplomacy, and military affairs. The archival and artifact collections give power, authenticity, and intimacy to understanding the Washburn family personalities, and inform on the social and political history of 19th-century America.

Project fields:
American Studies; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$2,823 (approved)
$2,823 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2014 – 12/31/2018