The Alaska State Museum has been awarded a $78,439 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The award falls under the federal agency’s Collections Stewardship category and will provide for assistance in packing objects and vacating the existing museum building in preparation for occupancy of the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum facility.
The state museum will provide hands-on professional development for 27 staff from 12 Alaskan museums and cultural centers to aid in the move of the museum’s 32,000-object collection. State Museum staff will train participants to assist in one of three project phases: move preparation, the move itself, and unpacking and rehousing.
The project will prepare participants for collection moves in their own facilities while enabling the museum to safely move the collection within a tight timeframe. The museum will use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Command System to manage the complex move into the new facility.
Project updates and results will be shared through social media, online museum chats, and the Alaska State Museum’s website and monthly Bulletin.