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Richard I. Bong WWII Heritage Center (Superior, WI 54880-6845)
Gina L. Sacchetti (Project Director: May 2009 to January 2012)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

$5,979 (approved)
$5,979 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 12/31/2011

Preservation Storage System Design for the R. I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

An assessment of the storage space and the purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment to help meet the preservation needs of the R.I. Bong WWII Heritage Center. The Center's collection consists of more than 8,500 archival materials, audiotapes, and historic artifacts--including uniforms, weapons, and memorabilia--associated with the Second World War.

The Bong Veterans Historical Center (BHC) is requesting an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant to hire Neil Cockerline, Director of Preservation Services at the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) in Mpls., MN to perform a comprehensive collections storage analysis of the BHC's current artifact collections and to work with the BHC's Curator to define a high-density compact storage system design to accommodate current and future collections. This design will improve BHC's ability to monitor artifact conditions, protect artifacts from agents of deterioration and improve access to collections for exhibit, education and research use. The BHC Curator will also purchase collections care supplies to both monitor and prepare the artifacts for future placement within the compact storage system. This project is documented in BHC's completed Long-Range Preservation Plan and an NEH-funded General Assessment Survey as a critical next step in its humanities preservation efforts.