Logan Museum Receives Prestigious NEH Grant
Beloit College has received a $355,126 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help preserve the Logan Museum of Anthropology’s collections.
The Logan Museum, a world-renowned center for anthropological learning, has acquired collections and promoted student research since its founding in 1893. Its collections contain over 175,000 objects from 120 countries. The museum has helped Beloit College attain a nationally top-ranked position in anthropology among liberal-arts colleges.
The Logan Museum will use the grant to install state-of-the-art storage equipment and rehouse collections in conditions that meet current professional museum standards. The first-floor permanent display area will add new shelves, but most of the changes will occur in the basement, where new furniture and movable shelving will alleviate overcrowding of collections. The museum will hire new staff members and employ students to move and rehouse collections over a two year period.
“The purpose of this project is to enhance the learning potential of our collections, to make them more intellectually and physically accessible,” according to curator of collections Nicolette Meister. “We are very excited about this project, the Logan’s largest since the mid-1990s renovation,” adds museum director Bill Green. “The grant recognizes both the museum’s quality and the College’s responsible stewardship of its collections.”
NEH Preservation and Access grants assist cultural institutions in their efforts to preserve significant humanities collections by supporting improved housing and storage, environmental conditions, and security. NEH approved only 11 out of the 63 Preservation and Access grant applications it received this year. Beloit’s grant is the fourth largest of the funded projects.
NEH designated Beloit’s project as a We the People project, a special recognition for model projects that advance the study, teaching, and understanding of American history and culture. Beloit College President John E. Burris acknowledged this honor, saying “I look forward to this opportunity for Beloit College to contribute from our unique viewpoint and collection base to the continued investigation of our nation’s history and culture, advancing knowledge of America’s defining principles, as the ‘We the People’ designation connotes.”
The Logan Museum will remain open during the project, but the second floor exhibit area will close for a two-year period on September 18. First-floor exhibits and educational programs will continue.
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
For more information on NEH Preservation and Access grants, see:
http://www.neh.gov/news/awards/preservationmay2006.html and http://www.neh.gov/news/archive/20060608.html