BRISTOL, TN./VA. - The Birthplace of Country Music Museum has received a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant. The grant will support a preservation needs assessment by preservation professionals from the Northeast Document Conservation Center.
"This grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help support the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in its efforts to preserve, document and promote our region's musical heritage," said Dave Lewis, curator of collections and digital media for the museum. "Professionals at the Northeast Document Conservation Center will consult and guide museum staff in preserving the fragile photographic negatives, brittle paper documents, and endangered audiovisual materials in our collections, ensuring that they will be available to our community and to museum visitors for years to come."
The majority of the museum's current collections are comprised of audiovisual and paper-based materials. The funded project will focus on immediate, mid-term and long-range preservation priorities for these materials. The needs assessment will also serve as an important first step in planning the renovation project of the building beside the museum, which was donated to the Birthplace of Country Music this year. It will also help with allocating proper space for the museum's growing collections and aid in considering appropriate storage conditions.
For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music visit www.BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.