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Raising the Bar

The Institute of Museum and Library Services partnered with Heritage Preservation to conduct a series of workshops in 2010 entitled Connecting to Collections: Raising the Bar. These programs extended and enhanced the knowledge gained in the Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action initiative. They provided tools for building capacity, reaching the public and developing resources in order to save collections.

Two workshops were conducted on-site for regional participants.  The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, Maryland, was the site of the first workshop on May 18, 2010.  The second workshop, on June 16 and 17, 2010, was held at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

Staff members of institutions in nearby states that had participated in various aspects of Connecting to Collections or who had received collections-related grants from IMLS in the past five years were eligible to apply to participate.  A simple on-line application was required, and modest travel stipends were available.

Upon completion of the two on-site workshops, the program was adapted into a series of webinars that were made available nationally.  Click here to view recordings of the webinars. 

For more information, please visit Heritage Preservation’s webpage.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Peck Stacpoole Foundation, and the Bay and Paul Foundations.