The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum has been chosen to participate in Heritage Preservation’s 2011 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). The Arctic Museum joins the 2,600 museums that have participated in CAP in its 21-year history of serving small museums. Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and recommend ways to correctly improve collections conditions. Heritage Preservation President Lawrence L. Reger praised the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum for “making the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”
CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections. A professional conservator will spend two days surveying the site and three days preparing a comprehensive report that will identify conservation priorities. The on-site consultation will enable the museum to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures and environmental conditions. The assessment report will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range and long-range care of its collections.
Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the U.S. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge, enhance learning and innovations, and support professional development.