San Jacinto Museum Receives Grant of Conservation Resources
The San Jacinto Museum of History Association is proud to announce that it is the recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant of a Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. The Bookshelf is a set of resources containing informative, practical materials to help institutions sustain our heritage by improving the care of their collections.
The IMLS, in cooperation with the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH), has already awareded onver 1,800 sets of the Bookshelf to museums, libraries, archives, aquariums, zoos, nature centers and bontanical gardens. The awards have been made to collecting institutions in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The San Jacinto Museum was part of a recent third round of grants awarded.
The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is a core component of a conservation initiative launched by the IMLS in 2006. The multi-faceted, multi-year initiative shines a spotlight on the needs of collections held in public trust by libraries, museums, and archives throughout the United States - especially those held by small to medium-sized libraries and museums.
The Bookshelf is a set of resources selected by conservation/preservation experts throughout the country. It contains a core set of twelve publications and an additional set of five publications focusing on specialized collections and on library preservation issues. In addition to these books, the Bookshelf contains DVDs, online resources, and an annotated bibliography that are essential for the care of collections.
Bookshelf materials will be used by Museum staff for the Museum collection and in the research library - both housed in the San Jacinto Monument. The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library contains thousands of documents, manuscripts, and books chronicling four centuries of Texas history. Pieces of the Museum collection rotate on display in the base of the Monument for the public to view free of admission charge.
San Jacinto Museum president Larry Spasic says, "I am very grateful for the grant of this important resource. The Museum collection is seen by hundreds of school children on field trips each year. It is imperative that we conserve these Texas history treasures for future generations."
The San Jacinto Monument is located on the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, just 22 miles east of downtown Houston and is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The public enjoys free admission to general Museum exhibits in the base of the building. For a modest fee, visitors can take the famous 489-foot elevator ride to the top of the Monument and view the digital presentation, Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas Studies.
For more information on the San Jacinto Monument and Museum, visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org or call 281-479-2421.