Strengthening Small Museums
Ford House, with conservator Mark Gervasi, will use this grant to strengthen and expand the capacities for small museums to properly care for their historical objects. Staff from Ford House will consult with staff/volunteers from the museums to help them better understand collections care and management, and to assist with interpretation of the historical objects. Ford House and Gervasi will work together to determine what item(s) in their collection are those that exemplify their community's stories and ensure they are conserved and properly cared for or exhibited. Ford House hopes to expand the program to include hands-on collections care and conservation classes for Michigan's small museums.