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MR-266038-19

Danish Immigrant Museum (Elk Horn, IA 51531-2116)
Tova K. Brandt (Project Director: November 2018 to present)
NEH on the Road: Jacob A. Riis

This application requests $1000 to support exhibit-related programming at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa.

Project fields:
American Studies; U.S. History

Program:
NEH on the Road

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 5/31/2019


PG-52276-14

Danish Immigrant Museum (Elk Horn, IA 51531-2116)
Angela Stanford (Project Director: May 2013 to July 2015)
Installing Hanging Racks for Framed Collections

The safe storage of approximately 575 framed paintings, prints, and works on paper on hanging racks, as recommended in a preservation assessment performed by the Midwest Art Conservation Center. The collection includes charters and images from a Danish fraternal organization, 19th-century landscape paintings of the Danish countryside, engraved marriage certificates, and immigration records. These works help to chronicle aspects of the Danish American experience, with subjects including life in Denmark, immigration, and life at home in America. The collection is available to researchers and the public through exhibitions and Web.

The Danish Immigrant Museum seeks funding for the installation of hanging storage racks for its collection of over 800 framed paintings, photographic prints, and works on paper. Currently there are six lateral moving hanging racks in the permanent storage facility at the museum that support oversized framed artifacts, unframed canvases, and pieces with ornate frames, totaling 225 objects or 28% of the framed collection. The remaining artifacts within the framed collection are housed in three slotted storage units that require the pieces to be slid in and out of position during handling; this form of storage places unwanted physical pressures on the framed pieces, as they are in constant contact with each other through the acid-free cardboard buffers. The installation of 12 additional hanging racks promotes best practices of preservation and storage of framed works, and in turn establishes a visually accessible storage system for the improved use of this humanities collection.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Ethnic Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015


PG-51520-12

Danish Immigrant Museum (Elk Horn, IA 51531-2116)
Angela Stanford (Project Director: May 2011 to October 2012)
Materials to Preserve Paintings, Works on Paper, and Photographs

The purchase of storage supplies and equipment to rehouse a collection of 800 paintings, photographs, and works on paper ranging from the mid-19th century to the present and documenting the history and artistic production of Danish immigrants and Danish Americans.

The Danish Immigrant Museum seeks funding for archival supplies and equipment required in inventorying, digitizing, and rehousing 800 framed paintings, photographs, and works on paper in the museum collection. These pieces are part of a larger museum collection of 35,000 items that range from textiles to furniture to household objects, all of which relate to the stories of Danish immigrants and Danish Americans. The framed artifacts in particular are strong in both artistic achievements and documentation of Danish Americans, which supports the museum’s mission as the national museum to preserve and promote Danish-American culture and experience. NEH funds will be directed to the purchase of acid-free cardboard, archival folders, and a painting cart for the safe movement of framed artifacts. This project will begin January 2012 and be completed by the end of June 2012.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$1,971 (approved)
$1,971 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013