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PG-52398-15

Preserve Rhode Island (Providence, RI 02904-5715)
Carrie Taylor (Project Director: 05/05/2014 to present)

Developing an Environmental Monitoring Program for the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

The purchase of light meters and climate data loggers for the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum in Providence, Rhode Island.  Henry Lippitt (1818-1891), the governor of Rhode Island and a leading textile baron, designed the house in 1865.  In addition to original Victorian furnishings, the museum’s collection includes 568 fine and decorative art objects, 316 books published from 1763 to 1974, and 40 linear feet of Lippitt Family archival materials including photographs, glass plate negatives, scrapbooks, journals, invitations, menu cards, legal documents, and correspondence.  The museum offers guided tours and special exhibitions, and the collections are used by classes from Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage, and Rhode Island College’s Public History program in courses on collections and museum operations as well as for original research.

This application is seeking support for the purchase of light meters and climate data loggers to monitor environmental risks in the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum in Providence, RI and to train staff in their use. Heir to one of Rhode Island’s leading textile manufacturing families, Lippitt designed and supervised the construction and furnishing in 1865 of the house at 199 Hope Street in Providence. Occupied by generations of the Lippitt family for 114 years before becoming a museum, the house retains many of its original furnishings, as well as Lippitt family archives, making it a time capsule of high-style Victorian life. This equipment purchase is the initial step of a multi-phased program to resolve environmental challenges that are impacting the significant humanities collection housed within the Lippitt Museum.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,583 (approved)
$5,583 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 8/31/2017