Endangered Heritage Exhibit

As part of National Preservation Month, the Clerk’s Archives is co-sponsoring the Indiana Historical Society’s Endangered Heritage exhibit. The exhibit will continue to run through the end of May in Central Library’s main lobby, located at 200 SE Martin Luther King Jr, Blvd., Evansville, Indiana.  Indiana’s collecting institutions are at risk of losing many Hoosier memories, and the threat to thousands of historical artifacts and documents in Indiana is real and ongoing. Large and small historical organizations across Indiana face similar challenges about how to preserve the objects and documents that are a part of Indiana’s heritage for future generations.

Endangered Heritage Exhibit Banners 2015

Spring 2015 Intern Paul and Indiana Historical Society Staff Member Jamie set up the display case.

Spring 2015 Intern Paul and Indiana Historical Society Staff Member Jamie set up the display case.

Indiana Historical Society staff member Alan helps set up the banners.

Indiana Historical Society staff member Alan helps set up the banners.

Endangered Heritage gives examples of some of the most common dangers to objects and documents in Hoosier history collections. The exhibit focuses on the needs of heritage collecting organizations for humidity and temperature controls, adequate storage, and funds to care for their collections.  Fortunately, there are solutions to the problems facing Indiana’s heritage collections, and Endangered Heritage suggests ways to help. Visitors to the exhibit will learn how they can assist in preserving Indiana’s history.

We highlighted some items in our collection that are particularly at risk for loss.  We have also displayed some of the many types of documents we collect and what they mean for local history.  Willard Library Archives has generously allowed us to use their local history photographs to help tell our stories.

Highlighting original documents from our collection.

Highlighting original documents from our collection.

Documents from periods throughout Vanderburgh County history with photographs courtesy of Willard Library Archives.

Documents from periods throughout Vanderburgh County history with photographs courtesy of Willard Library Archives.

Documents from periods throughout Vanderburgh County history with photographs courtesy of Willard Library Archives.

Documents from periods throughout Vanderburgh County history with photographs courtesy of Willard Library Archives.

The exhibit is an activity of the Hoosier Heritage Alliance’s Connecting to Collections project and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For more information about the Hoosier Heritage Alliance, visit www.indianahistory.org/lhs/hha.

The Hoosier Heritage Alliance brings together major Indiana institutions, all with extensive expertise and experience in collecting cultural artifacts, to ensure the safeguarding and preservation of all of Indiana’s heritage collections. The HHA assists Indiana’s locally-based cultural institutions with effectively preserving the artifacts of the state’s past. The Hoosier Heritage Alliance includes: Indiana Historical Society, Allen County Public Library, Association of Indiana Museums, Carnegie Center for Art and History, Center for History in South Bend, Conner Prairie, Eiteljorg Museum, Evansville Museum, Indiana Landmarks, Indiana State Museum, Indiana State University/Cunningham Memorial Library, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and Minnetrista Cultural Foundation.

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