Adirondack Museum wins federal grant

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE – The Adirondack Museum is one of 244 museums across the nation to receive a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which recently announced nearly $30 million in awards.

The museum will receive $98,264 through the IMLS Museums for America program for a two-part project that will involve conducting a conservation study of its collections and facilities and then developing the museum’s first-ever long-range preservation plan. The project will begin Tues., Oct. 1 and continue through December 2014.

Museum Executive Director David M. Kahn traveled to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, to be recognized for the award in a ceremony on Capitol Hill, with opening remarks given by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, who represents the Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Amsterdam, and Saratoga Springs areas. U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, who represents most of the North Country, was also invited to attend.

“We recognize three valuable roles museums have in their communities.” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth, who will also lead at workshop for awardees at the event. “They put the learner at the center, are community anchors, and serve as stewards of cultural and scientific collections. It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles. I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning, and community engagement.”

“Our collections are critical to the Adirondacks because they document the complex interaction between people and the ecosystem here over time,” Kahn said. “They’re important for telling the story of how that interaction has shaped-and continues to shape-the nature of our work, recreation, community, home life, and creative imagination here in the Park. That’s why we need to make sure they’re conserved well for the future.”

The award the museum received was one of 152 made from 470 applications received by the IMLS Museums for America program-less than one-third of the applications submitted were funded.