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MHS RECEIVES NEH SUSTAINING CULTURAL HERITAGE COLLECTIONS GRANT

BOSTON, MA (June 2010) The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has received a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant for $351,784 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The grant will be used in a multi-phase effort to analyze risks to the collections and to identify appropriate preventive preservation actions necessary for collection protection. As well, we are very proud to announce that the project has been designated a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” project. “We the People” is an initiative that encourages and strengthens the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America.

“The MHS is pleased that the NEH has recognized the importance of our collections in this way as we would not be able to properly fulfill our mission if our collections were lost or damaged due to disaster or theft,” commented MHS President Dennis Fiori.  “Maintaining access to our collections through proper preservation and continued security measures is of utmost importance as we experience growing use from researchers visiting the library and interested citizens attending public programs and exhibitions.”

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this release do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Massachusetts Historical Society
The Massachusetts Historical Society is one of the nation’s preeminent research libraries, with collections that provide an unparalleled record of the vibrant course of American history. The Society holds an extraordinary assembly of personal papers from three presidents–John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson–as well as accounts of the lives of thousands of ordinary Americans and their families.  With millions of pages of manuscript letters, diaries, and other documents, as well as early newspapers, broadsides, artifacts, works of art, maps, photographs, and prints, the MHS offers a wide-ranging perspective on the United States from the earliest beginnings of the nation to the present day.

Since its founding in 1791, the MHS has fostered research, scholarship, and education. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present. Through fellowships for scholars, meticulous research volumes, seminars, conferences, teacher training programs, as well as lectures, tours, open houses, and exhibitions, the Society demonstrates that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but an integral part of the fabric of our daily lives.

The MHS is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 AM to 4.45 PM; Thursday 9AM to 7.45 PM; and Saturday 9AM to 4.00 PM.

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Carol Knauff         
Massachusetts Historical Society   
(617) 646-0554   
cknauff@masshist.org