DANISH IMMIGRANT MUSEUM RECEIVES AWARD FOR 2011 CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
(ELK HORN) The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa, has received a $6,840 award through the 2011 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). CAP is sponsored jointly by Heritage Preservation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. This award will allow the museum to hire two conservation professionals to complete a general conservation assessment of the artifacts and historic buildings in the museum’s collection.
The Conservation Assessment Program gives museums technical advice from conservation professionals. The conservators will observe the current condition of the museum’s collections and evaluate conditions affecting collections in exhibit, storage, and working areas. “The visiting conservators specialize in taking a comprehensive look at how museums care for their collections,” explained Angela Stanford, curator of collections. “This CAP assessment will help us identify what we are doing well, and what steps we can take for improvement.”
Conservators will spend two days on-site conducting the assessment and three days writing a report with prioritized recommendations. CAP reports can provide the blueprint for helping a museum improve collections care, develop a long-range conservation plan, and raise awareness and funds for the museum’s conservation needs.
“I am looking forward to receiving the CAP assessment,” added John Mark Nielsen, executive director. “It will help us prepare detailed plans for a proposed Curatorial Center and articulate more clearly reasons for the project to potential donors.” A new Curatorial Center is part of the museum’s Strategic Plan, currently being reviewed by the Board of Directors, and will be critical to the ongoing growth of the museum’s collection and to supporting a more active traveling exhibition program.
“We have many plans for exhibition projects and future museum acquisitions, but we need more room to be able to accomplish our goals,” said Tova Brandt, curator of exhibitions. “An expanded Curatorial Center will provide the space to safely care for artifacts and then develop the exhibitions to share them with the public – both here at our museum in Elk Horn, and across the country.”