Utah museums partnership receives prestigious NEH grant

We are thrilled to share that, in a competitive process, the Utah Historical Society has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Utah Humanities to continue supporting the Utah Collections Preservation (UCP) Program.

The UCP program will receive $350,000 over three years, from March 2024 through February 2027. This is the second consecutive award for this program. In partnership with Utah Arts & Museums and Utah Humanities, we help administer a program known as Utah Field Services.

With the grant funding, the Utah Field Services partnership will offer collections preservation workshops along the Wasatch Front in 2024, in southwestern Utah in 2025, and in Central Utah and the West Desert in 2026. Upcoming topics include collections digitization and the preservation of outdated media, as well as building boxes for storage and mounts for displaying museum treasures. 

Utah Field Services consulting for the Utah Collections Preservation Program at the Paradise Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in Paradise, Utah. From left to right: Courtney Cochley, Sharon Johnson, Ann Norman, and Marie Desrochers. 

In a new phase, the funding will support training additional museum services leaders, which requires completing two years of training and mentored projects. Museum services leaders currently include nine trained professionals from museums located from Logan to Kanab.

In addition, a new program will offer preservation resources for community groups contributing to UA&M’s School District Collection program and UHS’ Peoples of Utah Revisited project. Workshops will focus on preserving artifacts found in family or community collections, such as papers, photographs, and textiles.

Click here for more information about the Utah Collections Preservation project and upcoming workshops.