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Organization name: Museum of the Aleutians

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PB-274695-20Preservation and Access: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Museum of the AleutiansMuseum of the Aleutians Digitization Project7/15/2020 - 11/30/2020$73,196.00Virginia Hatfield   Museum of the AleutiansUnalaskaAK99685-0648USA2020ArchaeologyCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Preservation and Access731960731960

The retention of three staff, who would catalog at least 2,000 archaeological, ethnographic, and historic items; digitization and uploading of content; development of online exhibitions and educational programs; and the purchase of supplies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of a digital presence for the Museum of the Aleutians. Our Museum houses important archaeological, ethnographic, and historic objects, photographs, paper archives, as well as some fine art. This project would allow the Museum to retain staff at pre-COVID-19 levels, to digitize and upload content onto the Alaska Digital Archives (VILDA), and to develop exciting new online exhibition and educational programs. Developing virtual content and an online database will enable us to share our mission with other Alaska museums, cultural centers, historical institutions, academic researchers, students, and the general public interested in the history and culture of the Aleutian Islands to a much greater extent than we currently offer.

PG-287644-22Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsMuseum of the AleutiansUpdating MOTA's Environmental Monitoring Procedures9/1/2022 - 2/28/2023$6,213.40Karen Macke   Museum of the AleutiansUnalaskaAK99685-0648USA2022Cultural HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6213.4062130

The purchase of eight new data loggers for the museum’s collection, including two units for traveling collections, to allow for improved environmental monitoring.

The Museum of the Aleutians (MOTA) requests funds to purchase environmental monitoring equipment (data loggers) that will replace outdated and poorly performing units. With this grant request, we will purchase eight new data loggers, six of which will monitor data points for light levels, UV light levels, relative humidity, and temperature with the 5000 sq/ft of the Museum. An additional two travel units will be utilized inside of crates for the Museum’s traveling collections and will collect data points for relative humidity, temperature, and shock points (if crates are jostled or dropped). The new environmental monitoring devices will allow for improved monitoring accuracy and reliability in a challenging Alaskan environment. This project will assist with the ongoing preservation of our collections, helping MOTA staff meet our mission to collect, preserve, and share the rich cultural legacy of the Aleutian Islands Region.