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Pioneers' Museum (Colorado Springs, CO 80903)
Hilliary Mannion (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Textile Care, Handling, and Storage Assessment and Training

Consultation with a conservator to assess the preservation needs of the museum’s textile holdings and train staff on proper care and storage of collections.  The museum’s nearly 6,000-item textile collection includes clothing and accessories, military and sports uniforms, American quilts and coverlets, flags and banners, American Indian garments and weavings, as well as textiles reflecting Spanish Colonial influences in the region.  The textile collections date from the late 18th century to the present and represent the diverse peoples who have settled, lived, and worked in the Pikes Peak region.

This preservation project will improve the storage conditions of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s large, valuable, and varied textile collection through the guidance of a consulting textile conservator. This collection is both locally and nationally significant. Textiles range in date from the late eighteenth century to the present. Many examples reflect population migrations to the Pikes Peak region during which heirloom mementos were brought west, documenting and preserving family history. The main goals of this project are to educate museum staff and volunteers on proper care and handling through demonstration projects by a conservator, implement the use of proper storage materials and techniques following training, increase accessibility for museum staff and researchers, and set priorities for future storage improvement projects.

Project fields:
History, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016