Historical Society Receives Grant
On October 2005 the Barkhamsted Historical Society was awarded a grant of $3,000 from the Connecticut Humanities Council (CHC) for an important project involving the Society's collection of artifacts, documents and photographs. The grant will be matched by resources from the Historical Society and used to retain a professional archival consultant to document and implement best practices in accessioning, cataloging and preserving items in the Society's growing collection. In addition, catalog entries for existing collection items will be migrated to an effective software package widely used by museums and historical societies for collection recording purposes.
The Barkhamsted Historical Society appreciates the support from CHC and is very excited about the project because it will enhance our ability to preserve important pieces of Barkhamsted history and culture. The work to be accomplished is the first step in our plan to better utilize the collection to inform people of the heritage and traditions of our town. The work covered by the CHC grant will occur over the next twelve months.
The collection is currently housed in the Squire's Tavern, headquarters for the Historical Society. The Historical Society has been restoring the Tavern building, located on East River Road in People's Forest . In the spring of 2006 work will begin on an archival storage facility at the Squire's Tavern to house a large portion of the Society's collection.