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PG-52454-15

Prairie du Chien Historical Society Inc (Prairie du Chien, WI 53821-1911)
Mary Antoine (Project Director: 05/05/2014 to present)

Planning, Supplies, and Training for Preservation of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society Photographic Collection

The purchase of archival supplies and training of staff to rehouse a photographic collection documenting the historic sites and the military, cultural, economic, educational, and environmental history of Prairie du Chien, the second oldest community in Wisconsin with European settlement beginning in the late 17th century.  Included among the approximately 10,000 photographs are images of the community’s schools, churches, homes, railroads, downtown street scenes, and businesses; of events such as floods, fires, and parades; of economic activities such as commercial fishing and clamming; and of particular areas such as the Villa Louis National Landmark, St. Feriole Island, Ft. Crawford Hospital, and Mississippi River.  Altogether the photographic collection provides a rich historic record of a community with a long and storied military history, and British, French, Spanish, and Native American influences.

The project is focused on the preservation of the 10,000-item photograph collection of the Prairie du Chien (PdC) Historical Society. The collection covers the period from the 1870s to the 1970s and documents the history, culture, and environment of the oldest community on the Upper Mississippi River. This grant supports three activities: 1) purchasing equipment and supplies to implement the preservation, display, and storage recommendations of the plan in order to make the photographs widely available for research; 2) training museum staff and volunteers in the techniques and methods for preservation recommended in the plan. This training will be conducted by Wisconsin Historical Society staff; and 3) conducting a Connecting to Collections workshop for other museums, libraries, and the general public to learn about the content and use of the Society’s photographic holdings. PdC Historical Society staff will conduct this training.

Project fields:
Rural Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,999 (approved)
$5,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016