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Los Alamos Historical Society (Los Alamos, NM 87544)
Stephanie Yeamans (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Los Alamos Historical Society Exhibit Conservation Assessment

Hiring an objects conservator to survey and evaluate the preservation needs of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s collection before a re-design and re-installation of the exhibit galleries.  The collection includes 10,000 artifacts pertaining to the history of the Ancestral Pueblo people, the homesteaders, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan Project, and Los Alamos in the post-WWII era.  The exhibits are housed in historic buildings--a 1913 homesteader’s cabin, the 1918 infirmary and Guest Cottage of the Los Alamos Ranch School, and the 1920s-era houses that were lived in by J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans Bethe--that present preservation challenges.  A conditions assessment would help the staff further protect the collection items for the more than 35,000 visitors the museum receives annually.

The Los Alamos Historical Society manages a humanities collection that represents the world-changing history of the community, including its social, economic, political and even scientific development. This project will supply funds to evaluate the current structures, environmental conditions, and exhibit methods and propose improvements for the buildings and exhibit redesigns in 2016. The public exhibits have remained essentially unchanged since the 1990s, and the historic wooden buildings are in need of updating in terms of preservation conditions. The grant will support a survey of the exhibit conditions with recommendations on appropriate lighting, climate, security, monitoring and display methods/materials to insure the long-term preservation of varied materials which will be placed on exhibit.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History of Science; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016