Luther Bean Museum to participate in Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program

(06-11-2012)

Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce the Adams State University Luther Bean Museum has been chosen to participate in the 2012 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). Luther Bean Museum joins the 2,800 museums that have participated in CAP in its twenty-two year history of serving museums. Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation and historic buildings needs of their collections and recommend ways to correctly improve collects and building conditions. Heritage Preservation’s President, Lawrence L. Reger, praised Luther Bean Museum for “making the vital work of caring for collections a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and historic buildings. The Adams State Art Department’s permanent collection will also be included in the assessment. Professional conservators will spend two days surveying the sites and three days preparing comprehensive reports that will identify conservation priorities. The on-site consultation will enable the Luther Bean Museum and Art Department to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures, and environmental conditions. The assessment reports will help the museum and Art Department make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections and the museum space, located in Richardson Hall.

The Luther Bean Museum Advisory Committee includes Tawney Becker, Adams State grant specialist; Dr. Richard Goddard, professor of archaeology; Bill Mansheim, vice president of finance and governmental relations; Eugene Schilling, professor of art; Cloyde Snook, emeritus professor of art; and Linda Relyea, assistant director of communications. The committee said they expect to use the information collected from the assessors to better protect the collections and space.

David Rasch will assess the collections and Jane Crisler will assess the architectural space housing the museum. They will visit the campus June 21 and 22. “The committee is preparing for the visit and will compile a list of future objectives after receiving the assessor’s feedback,” said Relyea, committee chair. She appreciates the efforts of Becker, who wrote the grant and the entire committee for their commitment and dedication to the Luther Bean Museum.

The Luther Bean Museum is located on the second floor of Richardson Hall on the Adams State campus. The museum’s summer hours are 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage. To learn more about Heritage Preservation, please visit heritagepreservation.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit imls.gov.