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Wenham Museum (Wenham, MA 01984)
Samantha Grantham (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Purchase of Temperature/Relative Humidity Dataloggers and Related Equipment

The purchase of dataloggers for monitoring the environmental conditions in the museum’s collection storage and exhibition spaces.  The Wenham Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret the artifacts of childhood, domestic life, and the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore. It reaches out to multigenerational families with exhibitions and programs that draw from extensive collections of dolls, domestic furnishings, toys, costumes and textiles, archives, and library materials and that explore how New Englanders lived, worked, dressed, and played from the 17th century to today.

The Wenham Historical Association and Museum, Inc. (the “Wenham Museum”) requests a $3,768 NEH Preservation Assistance Grant to purchase temperature and relative humidity dataloggers and related equipment to monitor the environmental conditions throughout the modern main building, a 17th century building, and a 19th century building. These structures include exhibition galleries, an archives, a library, furnished period rooms, and collections storage areas. The Wenham Museum is a family-friendly, hands-on celebration of the treasures of childhood and New England family life. The collections total 40,000+ objects and range from 1720 to the present. Highlights include a 1724 bedrug, a 3600+ glass plate negative collection that documents the town of Wenham from 1890-1918, and the infamous Miss Columbia Doll that travelled the world from 1900-1902 collecting objects from rulers and dignitaries, and raising money for children’s charity.

Project fields:
History, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$3,768 (approved)
$3,768 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016