Tomaquag Museum Receives Preservation Assistance Grant from National Endowment for Humanities

Exeter, RI: December 14, 2016-Tomaquag Museum is pleased to announce that we have received a $6000 Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH). This project was derived from recommendations made by consultant Alexandra Allardt, Principle and Managing Director of ARTCare Resources during our 2006 Conservation Assessment Program and our 2015 Preservation Assessment Grant that culminated into a four-year Preservation Plan. As Tomaquag continues to plan for a new home, the goal of this project is to strengthen and sustain our collections care and risk mitigation programs throughout the museum with a particular focus on our exhibit and storage spaces. 

According to Kimberly Peters, Collections Manager, “This year-long project is extremely important. The funds will allow us to improve upon and implement a new housekeeping plan, integrated pest management program and an environmental monitoring plan. We will also use NEH funds to create a Collections Care Cart consisting of appropriate conservation equipment, materials, and supplies that will allow us to conduct monitoring and preventive care maintenance tasks.” Consultant Alexandra Allardt will provide program guidance and training on proper equipment use and data interpretation. 

“NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America’s humanities ideas available to all Americans,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans.

“We are very grateful to the NEH for continuing to support Tomaquag Museum’s preservation efforts,” stated Tomaquag Museum Executive Director, Lorén Spears. “Each strategic step we take at our current site to identify and mitigate risks now will build upon itself, creating momentum in preparing the collection for its future home. This project will allow us to fulfill our goals for optimum care of our collection for future generations.”


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at



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