April 01, 2023

NEH grant boosts collections care training program

The award will help professionals from small museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations to attend Beloit’s summer Center for Collections Care (C3) program.

Some of the textile collections maintained at the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Credit: Andy Manis

A National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access Education and Training grant of $350,000 will make Beloit’s Center for Collections Care (C3) program accessible to more museum collections professionals and others who work in a variety of settings.

Beloit’s NEH grant was the largest of five awarded to Wisconsin colleges and universities.

The prestigious award will fund two postgraduate fellowships and more than 50 scholarships for professionals from small museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations to attend Beloit’s summer program.

Founded in 2018, C3 training takes advantage of Beloit’s distinctive collections from the Logan Museum of Anthropology, the Wright Museum of Art, a vibrant college archive, and historic costume and natural history collections. Museum and conservation professionals from the Field Museum, the University of Illinois Libraries, Stanford University, and other nationally known institutions teach the classes either on Beloit’s campus or online. Those who enroll in campus-based courses typically stay in residence halls, expanding their opportunity to network with other collections professionals from around the country.

Nicolette Meister, who directs the Logan Museum of Anthropology and C3, says the grant will dramatically expand C3’s reach and impact. “The funds will strengthen our goal to provide exceptional and accessible collections care training that meets the needs of emerging and practicing professionals.”

The NEH grant will also support two new 2023 online courses: Fundamentals of Collections Management and Culturally Appropriate Stewardship.

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