Notes on collections and events at the RIHS
In October, the RIHS applied for a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the Conservation Project Support program; the funds we asked for were to match money and staff time for replacement of the Library’s aged HVAC system with a new, geo-thermally based system. The grant awards were to be announced in mid-April, and after a conversation with an IMLS grant officer on April 5, I’ve been haunting their website.
Today, I am delighted to announce that the IMLS has awarded the RIHS $127,653 for the HVAC project. We still need to raise additional funds, but this award brings ever closer to the day when we will drill the wells and install the new air handling units to provide the most optimum environment possible for the amazing treasures in our collection.
Thank you, IMLS!
From the IMLS website project description:
The Rhode Island Historical Society will purchase heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment as part of installing a geothermal environmental and humidity control system to protect the collections stored in its 1874 building. This environmental control system will provide a stable environment for the archival, manuscript, graphic, printed, and media collections, which include more than 600,000 items. Museum staff expect to see decreased variations in temperature and relative humidity throughout the building and to realize energy savings over the course of the first full year of operation. This project will also increase access to collections as they are moved to better locations, publicize the Society’s preservation and conservation efforts, and increase public awareness of the Society’s work to preserve Rhode Island’s history.
~Kirsten Hammerstrom, Director of Collections