Pacific Lutheran University’s Scandinavian Cultural Center (SCC) and Tacoma Historical Society (THS) have each been selected for a service project by Registrars to the Rescue (R2R), an initiative of the Washington Museum Association (WaMa).
Bringing knowledge of how to care for historic artifacts, museum professionals from across Washington state will visit both institutions on June 22, lending their unique skills to pressing projects at each of the cultural centers.
Working in collaboration with SCC staff and volunteers, R2R volunteers will work to rehouse the center’s cherished collection of authentic Nordic costumes.
“Registrars to the Rescue volunteers will be supplying needed resources and teaching us how to create supportive and non-toxic storage solutions for our costume collection, as well as rolling up their sleeves to lift and move things around!” explained SCC director Elisabeth Ward.
“The Scandinavian Cultural Center has a top notch collection both in handweaving and costume,” SCC president Linda Caspersen added. “I believe the assistance from Registrars from the Rescue will greatly raise the bar on our collection, since storage is a key factor in the preservation of textiles.”
At THS, R2R volunteers will help complete a project that began when THS moved to their new location in downtown Tacoma in February 2015, completing an inventory of objects and helping to package fragile documents and textiles in a way that will help to ensure high-quality, long-term care of the historic objects.
“Washington Museum Association initiated Registrars to the Rescue so that a greater number of museums in our state will benefit from the experience of trained museum professionals who share their knowledge and improve the stewardship of cultural heritage,” said WaMa president Joesph Govednik.
In its fifth year, R2R partners with Art Work Fine Art Services to complete special collections projects in Washington state.
“PLU’s Scandinavian Cultural Center and Tacoma Historical Society collections consist of numerous artifacts and documents relevant to our heritage,” Govednik said. “We are gratified to know that our support will help ensure the long-term preservation of these important historical objects.”
Finding ways to properly store and preserve collection of artifacts is often a challenge for small cultural institutions like SCC and THS. Both Ward and LaRue say the support from R2R is invaluable.
“The Registrars to the Rescue program coordinators know that all museums struggle with this challenge, especially not-for-profit museums and cultural centers,” Ward said. “We are very grateful for their help.”
“It is a joy to see the museum community work together and volunteer to help smaller institutions succeed,” LaRue added.Print This Post