Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection Awarded CAP Grant

Design Studies MFA student Mali Mrozinski researching WPA Milwaukee Handicrafts Project textiles. Block printed wall hanging, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1935-1943, HLATC P.D.US.0030 Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, Spring 2014.

CAP Grant


The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection was one of 75 national museums and libraries 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.

In early August 2017, Paul Himmelstein, a distinguished New York City-based preservation professional, will perform a two-day site visit to review our operations and to meet with staff and stakeholders We would like to share the results of this review with our stakeholders. The full report can be found here.  HLATC’s participation in the CAP program is the first step in the next phase of its collections care work and will make us more competitive for federal and state grants.

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. HLATC was one of four awardees for the state of Wisconsin.

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 www.conservation-us.org/foundation

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 www.imls.gov

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