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Matheson History Museum Receives $30,782 National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Grant

Press release from Matheson History Museum

The Matheson History Museum is honored to be one of six Florida museums to be awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) CARES Grant. We are grateful to the NEH for recognizing the important work that the Matheson is committed to doing in our community.

During the coronavirus pandemic and moving into the future, remote access to museum collections is increasingly important. Even once people are able to return to public spaces, there will likely be a reluctance to gather for some time.

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In order to continue our mission of public service, we want to increase the availability of our collections beyond the walls of the museum. To do this, we will use grant funds to: upgrade our collections management database, hire two temporary part-time staff to update and create collection records to be shared online, and for the purchase of archival supplies to appropriately house collections as they are processed.

The two grant-funded positions are Library Manager and Collections Coordinator. We are excited to welcome Kathleen Kelly and Chloe Richardson to the Matheson team! They will work with our Curator of Collections, Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney, to inventory our collections and prepare our records to be shared online.