ASTC members receive “Save America’s Treasures” grants

Save America’s Treasures is a U.S. National Park Service grant program that supports the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections. The program is a collaborative effort with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recently, 42 grants were announced, totaling $12,800,00, and three of these amounting to $1,083,042 were awarded to ASTC members.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: $124,642 for the development of a master plan to guide infrastructure improvements for the storage of the museum’s Arts and Humanities Collection as well as a logistics plan for rehousing objects and the long-term growth of the collection. The 120,000-artifact collection includes many objects of national significance and is a strength to the institution in discussing the evolving story of the American family through items made for and by children.

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, Vermont: $458,400 for the preservation of its facilities, including the Victorian-architecture museum building built in 1891, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Space Shuttle Pathfinder Orbiter Simulator. Photo courtesy of US Space and Rocket Center.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center (Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission), Huntsville, Alabama: $500,000 to stabilize, conserve, repair, and restore the Pathfinder Orbiter Simulator. Fabricated from wood and steel by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 1977, the simulator played a fundamental role in the beginning of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

Applications for the next round of $16 million in grants will be available later in the year. There will be two separate applications: one for projects involving collections (including artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art) and one for preservation projects (for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places for national significance or as a National Historic Landmark).

Click here for more information about the “Save America’s Treasures” program.

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