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Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana (Charlo, MT 59824-9789)
Amy Webster (Project Director: April 2018 to October 2022)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

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$5,775 (approved)
$5,775 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2019 – 3/30/2020

Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment and the purchase of preservation supplies to house a  collection of approximately 2,000 artifacts, artworks, photographs, manuscripts, and other items documenting the history of western Montana.  The museum is located on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe; about one-third of the collection consists of items illuminating the culture and history of western Montana’s Native peoples. Also included are materials related to settlement of the region by fur traders, missionaries, homesteaders, ranchers, and others.

The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana is requesting a grant from the NEH Preservation Assistance for Small Institutions program to contract with Pat Roath of Specialty Museum Services, to conduct a general preservation assessment of the institution’s collections. The assessment will address short- and long-term needs of objects both on display and in storage.  Recommendations will be prioritized into a final long-range preservation plan for implementation over the next 5 years. The grant will also fund some storage and monitoring materials to address urgent object care and exhibit concerns and culminate with the opportunity to share findings with museum board and staff, local museums and tribal members.