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Kona Historical Society (Captain Cook, HI 96704-0398)
Julie Kamiyama (Project Director: January 2021 to September 2023)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

Preservation and Access to Collections: Storage Improvements

Purchase of storage materials and installation of shelves, racks, and housings of collections, which consist of historical photographs, unpublished diaries, journals, letters, family records and memorabilia, land documents, and selected Kona newspapers and articles. With appropriate storage, the Kona Historical Society would organize, catalogue, and arrange its collections better, both for staff members and for outside researchers. Based on a previous preservation needs assessment funded by NEH, the current work plan addresses the preservation needs of a backlog of material currently in an overcrowded storage space and inappropriate housing. Kona Historical Society collections consist of two main historic sites, a museum, library, and archives. The institution and its collections have played a vital role in the maintaining and promoting of regional history and vanishing cultural traditions.

The funding will support the implementation of the storage, processing and rehousing recommendations presented in the Preservations Needs Assessment conducted by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. The funds will be used to purchase storage furniture and preservation supplies, recommended in a Needs Assessment to ensure the preservation and accessibility to Kona Historical Society’s (KHS) collections. Currently there is a backlog in the accessioning and hosing of donations that date back to 2008. Hundreds of objects, documents, photographs, and books are being stored in acidic banker boxes uncatalogued, unaccessioned and not tracked. This backlog has occurred due to the inefficient use of space and lack of archival materials. This lack of storage units and appropriate containers perpetuates the backlog and makes a large portion of the collection inaccessible to both staff and researchers.