Rehouse Helbing Collection
Inert museum storage was created for the ethnographically and historically significant Helbing Collection of American Indian Arts and Crafts as recommended in a museum assessment.
Locking storage cabinets with adjustable shelving and drawers were purchased and installed for artifacts from the Native American arts & crafts collection. The 109 objects not on display are now housed in appropriate, secure storage cabinets. The purchase of museum cabinets supports the Pope County Historical Society's conservation and rotational display plan.
Two large storage cabinets were purchased. Museum staff and volunteers transferred artifacts from isolated office space into the new cabinets. Objects were isolated and secured using ethafoam blocks and cotton batting. Textiles were isolated with tissue and washed, unbleached muslin. Artifacts were promptly added to the cabinet and it was locked and rolled to its new space in the museum gallery.
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.