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Sharon Historical Society, Inc. (Sharon, CT 06069-2052)
Elizabeth Gayle Shapiro (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Environmental Monitoring for Effective Preservation: Collecting and Analyzing a Year of Data

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and hiring a consultant to evaluate and make recommendations for improved collections storage conditions at the Sharon Historical Society’s historic home, the 1775 Gay-Hoyt House.  The historical society holds 150 linear feet of archival collections, 3,500 artifacts, and 2,000 photographs that document the history of the town of Sharon, Connecticut, since 1739.  Collection highlights include records from the Sharon Valley Iron Company from the 1850s, as well as historic furniture, decorative arts, and textiles crafted in the region.

Grant funds will support consultant fees and equipment to monitor & analyze temperature and relative humidity in collection storage and exhibit areas at the Sharon Historical Society for one year. Museum collections illuminate the town's history and illustrate its many stories including the rise and fall of the critically important iron industry and subsequent transitions from major industrial center to tourist destination in the early 20th century, to agricultural center and quaint country town facing an influx of urbanites as permanent residents. The collection includes objects, photos and archives that interpret the social, ethnic, religious, agricultural and industrial history of Sharon from pre-European contact to the present. After one year of data has been collected, the consultant will analyze the information and make recommendations for improving environmental conditions with the goal of ensuring an institutional commitment to ongoing collections preservation.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Public History; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,134 (approved)
$5,134 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016