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Wilton Historical Society Receives Prestigious CAP Grant

The Wilton Historical Society will have a chance to improve its current collection and expand on it thanks to a Conservation Assessment Program grant.
The Wilton Historical Society will have a chance to improve its current collection and expand on it thanks to a Conservation Assessment Program grant. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Historical Society has received a grant from the prestigious Conservation Assessment Program that will allow it to improve and expand its collection, according to a release.

The Conservation Assessment Program assists museums by providing money for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and historic buildings and recommend ways to correctly improve collections and building conditions.

"It's going to be a terrific help for the society," Wilton Historical Society Director Leslie Nolan said. "The reports will enable us to procure additional grants down the line. We have so many terrific collections and a lot of it and with these reports we will try to fine tune our collection and help us prioritize what has to be done with our 17 buildings that the historical society keeps up."

Heritage Preservation's President, Lawrence Reger, praised the Wilton Historical Society in the release for "making the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations."

In the Conservation Assessment Program's 22-year history, it has awarded grants to 2,800 museums across the country.

The program provides a general conservation assessment of the museum's collections and historic buildings.

Professional conservators will spend two days surveying the site and three days preparing comprehensive reports that will identify conservation priorities. The on-site consultation will enable the Wilton Historical Society to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures, and environmental conditions. The assessment reports will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections and historic structures.

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