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PG-233693-16

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL 33480-4037)
Tracy Kamerer (Project Director: 05/05/2015 to present)

Shelving for Furniture Collections Storage

The purchase of shelving to store 105 furniture pieces original to the estate of industrialist Henry Flagler dating from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries and representing the varied cultural tastes and artistic styles of the Gilded Age, including Classical Revival, Renaissance Revival, English Arts and Crafts, Egyptian Revival, and Louis XV.

Whitehall, a National Historic Landmark, was the winter home of Henry Flagler, founding partner of Standard Oil, builder of the Florida East Coast Railway, and the inventor of Modern Florida. Its interiors were created by the highly acclaimed firm of Pottier and Stymus. Along with Whitehall's décor, its furniture collection vividly illustrates the most significant styles of the Gilded Age and serves as an important tool for Museum interpretation. Furniture comprises a large subgroup of the Flagler Museum's collections and most of the collection is original to Whitehall or its owners. This grant will fund the purchase of stationary shelving racks for the furniture collection in Whitehall's third floor storage area. The new shelving will meet professional archival standards for long-term conservation and storage stability. The project's goal is to greatly improve the storage environment and increase capacity, fulfilling recommendations from both CAP and Furniture Survey Consultants.

Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
3/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


PG-52499-15

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL 33480-4037)
Janel Trull (Project Director: 05/05/2014 to present)

Improved UV Light Filtration for Whitehall’s Historic Collections

Replacement of deteriorating ultraviolet light filtering window film for 742 oversized panes of glass in five rooms of Whitehall, the winter home of industrialist Henry Flagler (1830-1913).  Designed in 1902 by the architects Carrère and Hastings, Whitehall draws upon multiple historical styles in these five rooms including neo-Classical, Italian Renaissance, French Second Empire, Louis XVI, and Gothic Revival.  The UV film would protect collections including paintings, busts, bronze sculptures, clocks, furniture, and textiles.  Notable items include dome paintings depicting Greek gods and goddesses; a Louis XV-style case clock made by 19th-century French cabinetmaker François Linke; mid-19th century Louis XV-style upholstered and wood seating; plaster ornamentation; game tables for billiards, skittles, and pocket billiards; and multiple portraits of the Flagler family.  The museum is used for research and education about the Gilded Age, the development of Florida through tourism and agriculture, and Palm Beach’s growth as America’s first destination resort.

This grant will support the removal of deteriorating window film and the purchase of upgraded Vista 28 window film for installation on 742 oversized panes of glass in five of Whitehall’s historic first floor rooms: the Grand Hall, Library, Music Room, Drawing Room, and Billiard Room. Whitehall, a National Historic Landmark, was the winter home of Henry Flagler, founding partner of Standard Oil, builder of the Florida East Coast Railway, and the inventor of Modern Florida. This project helps to fulfill preventive conservation recommendations made by the Furniture Conservator who completed the Museum’s 2011-12 Detailed Furniture Survey. The goal is to greatly improve UV light filtration and preserve extensive conservation and restoration already completed during decades of facilities and collections projects, ensuring that the Museum’s historic interiors and collections of artwork, documents, and furniture will be protected from South Florida’s intense sunlight.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
3/1/2015 – 8/31/2016


PG-52219-14

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL 33480-4037)
Tracy Kamerer (Project Director: 05/06/2013 to present)

Preservation Training and Storage Improvement for Historic Florida Film Collection

Training workshops for the museum's archivist, along with the purchase of basic archival supplies and equipment, to help preserve the film-based collection. Located at Whitehall, a National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, Florida, the museum chronicles the life and career of Henry Morrison Flagler, founding partner of Standard Oil and builder of the Florida East Coast Railway. The film collection contains over 4,000 16mm reels, video, negatives, and transparencies, which cover aspects of Florida's history beginning in the 1920s, such as railway expansion, the development of Palm Beach and Key West, and tourism and recreation. The collection also documents major Florida historical events, such as the 1928 hurricane (the worst in state history), the establishment (and burning) of Flagler's major hotels, and provides early footage of Whitehall and the Flagler family.

This grant would support training and storage improvement for the Flagler Museum's film-based archival material. These materials are highly significant both regionally and nationally as they cover some of the most important Gilded Age figures, events, and architecture. The collection has been used in exhibitions, documentary films, museum publications, and "Newspapers-in-Education Tabloids" for Florida's students. The goals are to create safe and appropriate storage and to provide training on collections care, thereby continuing the process of preserving the Museum's fragile film stock and making it more accessible. The Archivist would attend workshops at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. Additionally, the Museum would purchase the collections care supplies and equipment recommended by the Photograph Conservator who conducted the Assessment of Film-Based Materials in March 2013, a project supported by the previous NEH Preservation Assistance Grant.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
3/1/2014 – 8/31/2015


PG-51987-13

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL 33480-4037)
Tracy Kamerer (Project Director: 05/03/2012 to present)

Preservation Assessment of Film-Based Archival Materials

Hiring a consultant to assess the moving image, video, and still image collection consisting of 41 film reels, 125 videos, and 272 transparencies that document Gilded Age history and culture in Florida from 1865 to 1929. Much of the collection was created on fragile acetate film stock and focuses on the settlement of Atlantic Coast Florida, the creation of resort hotels, and the building of the Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad. The latter was featured in a film, "The Eighth Wonder of the World: Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad." The collection has been used in documentary films and in scholarly print publications.

The Flagler Museum's Film-Based Archival Materials Consultation will be its first on-site assessment of the film, negatives, and video collections and will take place in Spring or Summer 2013. A highly qualified Film Conservator will examine a sampling of each type of more than 4,000 separate items--16mm film, video, negatives, and transparencies. The content of these materials is highly significant both regionally and nationally since it covers some of the most important Gilded Age figures, events, and architecture. The films are in a stage of degradation - the smell of acetic acid is prominent and could endanger all materials in the Museum's Archives. Some materials cannot be viewed due to format. This project will enable the Curatorial Staff to plan for safe and appropriate storage; transition materials that are deteriorating to a more permanent and consistent format; and begin the process of making the fragile film stock more accessible for research, display, and publication.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
3/1/2013 – 9/30/2014


PG-51218-11

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL 33480-4037)
Tracy Kamerer (Project Director: 05/20/2010 to present)

Key West Extension Drawings: Assessment and Conservation Training

A preservation assessment of and staff training to care for 1,292 rolled drawings documenting the construction of the Key West Extension of the Over-Sea Railroad (1904-12), an engineering feat that involved laying 156 miles of track from Miami to Key West with 42 bridges connecting more than 100 islands. Playing an essential role in the history of Florida's agricultural and tourist industries, the railway developed by Henry Flagler is the focus of educational and public programming, as well as scholarly publications.

The Flagler Museum's project will address a portion of its extensive Key West Extension Collection. The KWE required substantial engineering and technical innovations documented by the rolled drawings that are this project's focus. Primarily dating from the period of construction (1904-1912), these drawings have never been surveyed or treated. A highly qualified Paper Conservation Consultant will examine current environmental/storage conditions for the KWE drawings, make recommendations for their long-term archival storage, review a representative selection of 25 drawings with Museum Staff, provide instruction on how to conduct a condition analysis, and prioritize drawings most in need of treatment. The conservator will also train Museum Staff to carry out basic conservation treatments for the drawings, including cleaning, flattening, and repairs. The project's goal is to begin the process of making accessible 1,300 drawings previously unavailable for research and display.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
5/1/2011 – 10/31/2012


HA-20036-00

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum (Palm Beach, FL 33480-4037)
Sandra Barghini (Project Director: 04/03/2000 to present)

Storage Furniture for Rehousing Lace and Textile Collection

The purchase of storage furniture to rehouse the museum's decorative lace collection that dates from the 15th century.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation - Assistance Grants (ER Title Ib)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2000 – 10/31/2000