GENEVA – The Geneva History Museum, at 113 S. Third St., Geneva, was awarded a $162,628 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to redesign the archives and collections storage rooms, officials announced in a news release.
This is the first government grant that Geneva History Museum Executive Director Terry Emma was able to secure for the museum.
“We are ecstatic to have earned the support of the IMLS to be able to take on a project of this magnitude,” Emma stated in the release. “Congresswomen Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) called me to let us know that she was proud that a museum in her district won this prestigious award. Now, we start planning for this project that will take place in January of 2021.”
The museum plans to install high-density mobile shelving storage systems that will improve the care, storage and environmental conditions for the collections and provide 46% more storage space.
Striving to improve best practices, the Geneva History Museum participated in several museum assessment programs with the American Alliance of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and The Institute of Museum and Library Services/The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the release stated.
The final reports from these assessments reaffirmed the need for a long-term goal of redesigning the storage areas to addresses overcrowding, to increase accessibility, provide for best practices in caring for the current objects and accommodate continued growth.
This goal was made a high priority in the Geneva History Museum’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.
“We received a very rich slate of applications this year making the award process extremely competitive,” Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of the IMLS Office of Museum Services stated in the release. “IMLS is pleased to fund projects in museums across America that are making impact on their local communities, helping preserve and make collections more accessible and enriching life-long learning experiences.”
The Museums for America grant supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public by providing high-quality, inclusive learning experiences by serving as community anchors and essential partners in addressing community needs, and by preserving and providing access to the collections entrusted to its care, the release stated.
Through the agency’s largest competitive grant program, Museums for America, and a special initiative, Museums Empowered, a total of 130 projects were selected from 511 applications.