Culture

ON Museum selected for collections assessment program

The Osage Nation Museum is one of 75 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the inaugural Collections Assessment for Preservation program to receive feedback for improving its collections.

According to a news release, the CAP program is administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works (FAIC) with the assessment program assisting museums in improving the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings.

This is the second museum assessment program sought by the ON Museum under the direction of Curator Hallie Winter. In 2016, the ON Museum participated in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) through the American Alliance of Museums, which provided an assessment of the museum’s operations and made recommendations.

According to the AIC website, the CAP program has eight steps, which includes interviews with museum staff and a two-day site conducted by two assessors with experience in collections conservation and building preservation. After the visit, the assessors will write and submit a report containing prioritized recommendations for improved collections care at the museum. The FAIC administers the CAP program under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In the ON news release, Winter said “We are grateful to be selected to participate in the CAP program and would like to thank both IMLS and FAIC for including us as one of this year’s participants. Setting preservation and conservation goals, as well as achieving them, are a high priority for the museum. The CAP program is a tool that will aid museum staff in creating a firm foundation for implementing best practices for collections care. Our museum would not be here without our amazing collection and we intend to give it the love and care it deserves so that future generations may also experience and learn from what we have to offer. We look forward to hosting and learning from seasoned preservation professionals as we look to the future and our ongoing efforts in collection care.”

Founded in 1938, the ON Museum is the oldest tribally owned museum in the United States. For more information, visit the museum website at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/museum