Notes on collections at the RIHS
Now it’s the Library’s turn.
We’re still here under all the scaffold that has gone up over the past week and a half, and we’re still open the same hours:
Wednesday-Friday, 10 to 5, and the second Saturday of each month, 10 to 5.
We’re told the work should take about 8 weeks once it begins in earnest. When it is done, we will have a new slate roof, relined gutters in the Toncan metal cornice, and repaired masonry. This is just the first step in the process of renovating the Library to improve the condition of the building and the long-term preservation of our collections.
There’s really nothing more important to us than the Society’s collections (and our staff and members and patrons!), but all the work we do, from exhibitions to articles and lectures to public programs, depends on our collections. Roof replacement and masonry repairs (and the scaffold to make the work possible) is just another part of the preservation and access process.
The work is funded in part by grants from the Champlin Foundations of Rhode Island and the Save America’s Treasure’s program of the National Park Service. We are grateful for their support.
~Kirsten Hammerstrom, Director of Collections