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Amherst College (Amherst, MA 01002-2372)
Jane H. Wald (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Preservation and Access

$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2023

Evergreens Environmental Improvements

Improvements to The Evergreens, a historic house museum, including the replacement and expansion of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, which would protect collections of art and historic objects that document the life and work of poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

The Emily Dickinson Museum (EDM) seeks funding for environmental improvements to The Evergreens, one of two Dickinson family homes housing the Museum’s internationally significant collections related to the renowned poet. Widely ranging temperature and relative humidity have placed collections at risk. The project goal is to make significant improvement to the collections environment while controlling future operating costs. An assessment of present building envelope conditions will lead to refined strategies for non-mechanical and mechanical systems improvements. Methods will include interior storm windows, air sealing, and additional insulation as appropriate and suitable to the building. Mechanical improvements will focus on replacing an aging residential heating and cooling system with a new HVAC system and extending ductwork to spaces that are not currently conditioned.