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Center for Wooden Boats4Culture Announces 2009 Heritage Collections Care Recipients

Congratulations to the seventeen projects that received funding this year from the Heritage Collections Care program. A total of $52,500 was awarded to projects county-wide. In its second year, the program seeks to address a critical need for the conservation of local collections to help preserve King County historical artifacts. Priority is given to basic collections issues, institutional support, and creation/evaluation of organizational collections plans.

The projects funded through this year’s program address a wide range of collections care issues, including:

• Traditional cataloging projects for non-traditional collections, like the Northwest Railway Museum’s small objects collection (“small” meaning anything under one ton)
• Projects that preserve collected objects like the Burke Museum’s collection of artifacts from a turn-of-the 20th Century dump that illuminate lifestyles from NW history
• Funding for practical improvements to collections storage, such as new dock fenders for the Center for Wooden Boats’ in-the-water fleet of Blanchard Junior Knockabout Sailboats

A complete recipient list follows:

ApplicantProject TitleAward
Burke Museum AssociationPreservation of the Viaduct: An Archaeological Collection$4,000
Center for Wooden BoatsPreservation of Lake Union’s Blanchard Junior Knockabout Sailboats$3,264
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project“Unfinished Business”: Japanese American Internment Case Interviews$4,000
Issaquah Historical SocietyIncreasing Collections Information & Accessibility$2,500
Jack Straw ProductionsKRAB Audio Archive: Preserving Seattle History$3,000
Museum of FlightBoeing Field (King County International Airport) History Archival Project$3,750
Nordic Heritage MuseumTextile Collections Re-Housing Project$2,000
Northwest African American MuseumNAAM Collections Catalog Development Project$2,471
Northwest Railway MuseumNorthwest Railway Museum Small Object Cataloging$4,000
Redmond Historical SocietyRedmond Oral History Project$1,500
Renton Historical Society & MuseumMoving the Collection to New Off-Site Storage$3,564
Skykomish Historical SocietyPreserving the Story of the Iron Goat Trail$3,500
Snoqualmie Valley Historical MuseumWe Did It Right! What’s Next?$2,380
Southwest Seattle Historical Society/Log House MuseumCreating Storage Solutions for Archive and Artifact Collections and Cataloging$1,936
Vashon-Maury Island Heritage AssociationVMIHA Collection Standards Initiative – Upgrade Artifact Storage$3,435
Washington State Holocaust Education Resource CenterKing County Holocaust Heritage Artifact Preservation Project$3,200
White River Valley MuseumCataloguing & Assessment of Collections for Mary Olson Farm$4,000

For more information on 4Culture’s Heritage Collections Care program, contact Eric Taylor, 206 296.8688.

Image: Blanchard Junior Knockabout boat at Lake Union, Courtesy of Center for Wooden Boats