Osage Nation Museum to Participate in Collections Assessment for Preservation Program

Published April 6, 2017

PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA– Osage Nation Museum announces that it is one of 75 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

Administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works (FAIC), CAP assists museums in improving the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. A team of two preservation professionals will spend two days surveying the site and meeting with staff before preparing a comprehensive report that will identify preventive conservation priorities. The assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.

The ONM’s participation in the CAP program marks the organization’s second assessment program in the last two years. Assessment programs aim to create clear priorities and goals for the museum through internal analysis coupled with external expertise. The CAP program follows the ONM’s successful completion of the American Alliance of Museum’s Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which concluded in October 2016. While the MAP resulted in goals and tasks for the museum to complete as a whole, the CAP targets specific goals in the area of collections preservation.

The Osage Nation Museum expects the program to be a first step in the next phase of its collections care work. Curator, Hallie Winter said “We are grateful to be selected to participate in the CAP program and would like to thank both IMLS and FAIC for including us as one of this year’s participants.  Setting preservation and conservation goals as well as achieving them are a high priority for the museum.  The CAP program is a tool that will aid museum staff in creating a firm foundation for implementing best practices for collections care.  Our museum would not be here without our amazing collection and we intend to give it the love and care it deserves so that future generations may also experience and learn from what we have to offer.  We look forward to hosting and learning from seasoned preservation professionals as we look to the future and our ongoing efforts in collection care.”

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