GREELEY HISTORY MUSEUMS TO RECEIVE FEDERAL GRANT FROM IMLS
GHM to be recognized on Capitol Hill
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. The Greeley History Museum is receiving one of the 244 awards through the agency’s grant programs. GHM is receiving $93,335 through the IMLS Museums for America grant for the project “Weld on the Web!” The Greeley Museums, in partnership with the High Plains Library District, will scan/digitize approximately 8,400 historical photographs of Greeley and Weld County, making them available to the public in a word-searchable database on the Library’s website.
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth will present a workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill, on September 18, to recognize the 2013 museum winners and to highlight successful applicants and awards. The event will showcase the many ways museums support learning experiences, serve as community anchors, and are stewards of cultural and scientific heritage through the preservation of their collections.
“IMLS recognizes three valuable roles museums have in their communities: putting the learner at the center, serving as community anchors, and serving as stewards of cultural and scientific collections,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles. I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning, and community engagement.”
Weld on the Web! is Phase I of a four-phase project designed to create a perpetually open “digital door” to 8,378 historical images of Greeley and Weld County, CO from circa 1870 – 1950. These represent the oldest and most requested images in the Greeley Museums’ collection. The museums will digitize these images and its partner, the High Plains Library District, will upload all images and associated metadata onto the District’s website (www.MyLibrary.us
). The collection will benefit educators, students, researchers, environmental consultants, historians, writers, genealogists, and the general public who wish to learn more about the history of northeastern Colorado. The project will marry the expertise of technology-savvy museum and library professionals by using digital technology to preserve original collections while also providing public access to these great historical resources.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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. 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 www.imls.gov
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The Greeley History Museums are made up of four locations: the Centennial Village Museum, Plumb Farm Learning Center, Meeker Home Museum, and the Greeley History Museum located downtown. All Museums are proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley.
PHOTO CAPTION: One of 8,378 historical images from the Greeley Museums’ collection that will be digitized and accessible on the High Plains Library District’s website through the “Weld on the Web!” project funded through the IMLS Museums for America grant.
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