The Morris County Historical Society announces that it is one of 75 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. Administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works, CAP assists museums in improving the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. A team of two preservation professionals will spend two days surveying the site and meeting with staff before preparing a comprehensive report that will identify preventive conservation priorities.

The assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years. The Morris County Historical Society expects the program to be a first step in the next phase of its collections care work.

“MCHS spent the last few years preparing to get the most from this opportunity, and we are extremely excited for the feedback we’ll receive regarding our efforts, thus far. More importantly, however, we’re looking forward to building upon forthcoming recommendations as we plan for the future growth, care, and stewardship of our extensive historical collections,” said Amy Curry, MCHS Executive Director.

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The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.


About Morris County Historical Society

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1945, is a member supported 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County. It is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue in Morristown, NJ. The MCHS manages collections relating to the history of Morris County, NJ, the Victorian period as it relates to its headquarters at Acorn Hall, and the Schermerhorn and Crane-Hone families. It is open for historic house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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The MCHS receives operating funds from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission and project/preservation grant funding from the New Jersey Historic Trust, 1772 Foundation, and Morris County Historic Preservation Trust. The MCHS was also awarded a Sandy Disaster Relief Grant for Historic Properties by the New Jersey Historic Trust, with funds provided by the Historic Preservation Fund of the National Park Service to the NJ State Historic Preservation Office.

About FAIC

FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage. Learn more about FAIC at About IMLS The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram .