NHA News Release: September 26, 2016

NHA Receives National Award to Help Improve Textile Collections Management and Public Accessibility

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) has received a prestigious grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to care for its historic clothing and textile collections. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on Thursday, September 15, 2016 announced grants for 206 museum projects totaling $21,149,000. The museums were selected from a pool of 548 applications to the highly competitive Museums for America grant program. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $29,346,091 in non-federal funds.

The Museums for America grant program funds a variety of projects developed by museums to better serve its public. This year’s funded projects include a grant award of $150,000 to the Nantucket Historical Association to improve the management, care, and expanded access to its 2,000-item costume and textile collection. Project activities will include inventorying, re-cataloging, photographing, and assessing the condition of objects in storage; rehousing the collection and placing it in space-efficient compact shelving units; and making information about the objects available to the public through the association's website.

“The NHA’s costume and textile collections represent nearly 250 years of island history. Visitors love seeing how people used to dress, and we want to display more of these fascinating objects in our galleries. This grant will help better organize what we have and will make it easier for us to bring these pieces out of storage,” said Michael Harrison, NHA Robyn and John Davis Chief Curator.

Bill Tramposch, NHA Gosnell Executive Director added, "We are honored to receive this significant grant from IMLS, especially knowing how competitive the field of applicants was. IMLS has twice placed the NHA on the finalist list for the coveted National Medal for Museum and Library Services, and we are now over the moon with news of this grant award!"

“Museums play a vital role in their communities supporting learning experiences and inquiry for people of all ages, fostering civic engagement, and serving as stewards of collections that represent the nation’s cultural, historical and scientific heritage,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The federal support provided by IMLS will help museums all over the country, enabling their best efforts to provide the highest level of public service.”

Event Information:
17th Annual NHA Harvest Fair
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Noon – 2 P.M.
$5 for children, free for adults
Old Mill, 50 Prospect Street