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PG-50852-10

Laramie Plains Museum (Laramie, WY 82070-3243)
Connie Lindmier (Project Director: May 2009 to December 2010)
Judith Eddy Knight (Project Director: December 2010 to September 2011)
Preservation of Laramie Plains Museum Ethnographic and Native American Collections

Hiring two consultants to provide training for the museum's staff on the conservation of 175 Native American and Chinese ethnographic artifacts and to guide them on modifying the museum's environmental controls, particularly ultraviolet light. The consultations are based upon recommendations from Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) and IMLS ReCAP assessments in 1997 and 2006 and a 2008 NEH Preservation Assistance Grant.

This project is to preserve 175 Native American and ethnographic artifacts at the Laramie Plains Museum. We will utilize two consultants, Ms Terri Schindel, Conservator, and Ms Lynn Brittner, Native American and ethnographic museum expert. The Museum Training Network's Mobile Lab will be rented for a 2-day onsite visit, one day for the consultants to advise preservation of beadwork, basketry, pottery, textile and other artifacts, and to make recommendations for improving the environment for storage of these artifacts. The second day will be a training to which 15 other area museum staff and volunteers will be invited, as well as our own. We will utilize a multi-purpose building on our city-block "campus" for this training. We will upgrade the storage closet in the 3rd floor Southwest "Tower Room" of the 1892 Ivinson Mansion, which is a historic house musuem as well as a local history museum collection.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


PG-50561-09

Laramie Plains Museum (Laramie, WY 82070-3243)
Connie Lindmier (Project Director: May 2008 to March 2010)
Assessing the Preservation Needs of Art and Archives Collections

A preservation assessment of the museum's art and archives collections, which document the history of Laramie and include materials related to the Union Pacific Railroad, ranching, and the settlement of the West. Consultants will also provide preservation training for the museum's staff and volunteers.

This project will be used to conduct on-site training, implement the next step of a three-year move plan to upgrade environment, storage, and improve accessibility for 900 art/archival items (and 1,500 photos contained within 23 photo albums). We will hire two consultants: a conservation consultant to conduct on-site training emphasizing collections care, rehousing, storage, and preparation for scanning art/archival holdings; and an art curator consultant to help develop plans for arranging, describing and addressing the preservation needs for LPM art holdings. The LPM curator will direct volunteers and staff who will spend ten months (with assistance from the consultants) to implement the goals and objectives of this project. At its completion, LPM's art/archives collection will be accessible, rehoused, prioritized for scanning, and a large portion (80%) will be moved from attic or basement storage to improved storage in an area that will eventually be climate controlled.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 6/30/2010


PG-50423-08

Laramie Plains Museum (Laramie, WY 82070-3243)
Connie Lindmier (Project Director: May 2007 to December 2009)
Purchase Environmental Monitoring Equipment and Preservation Supplies

Purchasing environmental monitoring equipment and supplies to preserve a textile collection that relates to the history and culture of south central Wyoming. A training workshop on the appropriate handling of textiles will include staffs of neighboring cultural and history institutions.

This application is part of Phase II of a four-phase project to upgrade storage of organic artifacts held by the Laramie Plains Museum. Phase I, which is complete, was for training and inventory of textiles. Phase II is to purchase environmental monitoring equipment and materials to rehouse 3,500 textile artifacts. With this grant, environmental monitoring equipment will be purchased and 2,000 textiles will be rehoused, including men's and children's wear, dolls, Native American collections, rugs, and clothing accessories. Phase II is designed to provide the data needed to design a new HVAC system for the organic artifact storage areas and to rehouse artifacts in preparation for the move.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$4,960 (approved)
$4,960 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 6/30/2009


PA-51530-06

Laramie Plains Museum (Laramie, WY 82070-3243)
JoNel Wilmot (Project Director: May 2005 to April 2007)
Collection Assessment and Training

Hiring a conservation consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of textiles, as well as to provide a training workshop for staff and volunteers of the museum. The staffs of area museums would be invited to participate in the training workshop.

We will use the grant funds to hire Terri Schindel, Conservator, to conduct training of staff and volunteers in proper storage techniques for organic materials in our collection. Her assessment of the current storage conditions will guide us in setting short-, mid-, and long-term goals for such items as staffing, collection policies, storage, exhibits, and facilities. Facility recommendations will include environmental controls, emergency preparedness and security. Area museums will be invited to send representatives to the training to enhance the training opportunity and begin dialog among museums.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 12/31/2006