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Organization name: Tomaquag

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PA-50490-04Preservation and Access: Preservation/Access ProjectsNuweetooun SchoolConservation Assessment1/1/2004 - 6/30/2005$5,000.00Loren Spears   Nuweetooun SchoolExeterRI02822-1808USA2003Archival Management and ConservationPreservation/Access ProjectsPreservation and Access5000050000

A general preservation assessment of the museum's 5,000 ethnographic objects and 7,500-item archives that document the heritage of this Native American group located in Rhode Island. Preservation supplies recommended by a consultant would be purchased and a two-day in-house collections care workshop will be conducted.

PG-233636-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsNuweetooun SchoolCollections Needs Assessment at the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum3/1/2016 - 8/31/2017$5,362.00Loren Spears   Nuweetooun SchoolExeterRI02822-1808USA2015Native American StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access5362053620

Hiring a consultant to undertake a preservation assessment and offer training for staff to improve care for a collection of 100,000 archival items (personal journals, scrapbooks, newspapers, maps, tribal government documents, photographs, and slides), 500 library books, and 20,000 cultural objects that document indigenous peoples of southern New England.  Among the original writings are plays and pageants that depict 18th- and 19th-century historical events penned by Princess Red Wing (1895-1987), a historian, curator, storyteller, and founder of the museum.  Highlights of the collection include a prehistoric strand of wampum and a 19th-century canoe crafted entirely using traditional techniques and decorations.  The collections are used by historians, artists, filmmakers, authors, students, and the public at large.

Tomaquag Museum's goal is to evaluate the needs of our collection that focuses on southern New England tribes and highlights the Narragansett Tribe.  Our collection is utilized by Native & non-Native researchers, historians, authors, film-makers, students and artists.  We want to look at the risks to our collection and identify the preservation needs in our current site and to plan for the long range preservation of our collection in preparation for relocation.  The project will build upon the initiatives implemented from our 2006 CAP recommendations and also substantiate collections care needs objectively.  The conservator will provide training to address the special needs for the handling and storage of our collections with the goal to provide both safe accessibility to collections and minimize physical risks during collection relocation to our new facility in the coming years.  The plan will be used to support next steps in collections care, space management and new facility planning.

PG-252791-17Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsNuweetooun SchoolCollections Care and Risk Mitigation at the Tomaquag Museum1/1/2017 - 6/30/2018$6,000.00Kimberly Peters   Nuweetooun SchoolExeterRI02822-1808USA2016Native American StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The creation and implementation of housekeeping, integrated pest management, and environmental monitoring plans, to be carried out by the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum and a preservation consultant. The consultant would also assist in the selection of preventive conservation supplies to be stored in a mobile Collections Care Cart. These improvements in museum collection management are based on recommendations made in a 2015 preservation assessment of the collections, and will support the long-term preservation of the Tomaquag Museum’s collection of 3,000 Native American and indigenous objects.

As Tomquag Museum works toward obtaining a new facility, we are committed to strengthening and sustaining our collections care and risk mitigation programs. We will create and implement a housekeeping plan, integrated pest management program and an environmental monitoring plan. We will use grant funds to create a Collections Care Cart consisting of appropriate conservation equipment, materials and supplies. We will retain the services of a consultant to provide staff with training on proper equipment use, environmental, pest monitoring and housekeeping activities. The training and equipment will be transferable to our new home. The goals of this project are derived from recommendations made during our 2006 Conservation Assessment Program and our 2015 Preservation Assessment Grant which has resulted in a five-year preservation plan.