WHS Awarded CAP Grant


Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce the Winnetka Historical Society (WHS) has been chosen to participate in the 2013 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP).  The Winnetka Historical Society joins the 2,800 museums that have participated in CAP in its twenty-two year history. CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The CAP grant award will fund the contracted services of a professional conservator and an historic preservation specialist to identify the conservation needs of their collections of photographs, archives, artifacts and artwork and its historic building at 411 Linden St. and recommend ways to correctly improve collections and building conditions.  Heritage Preservation’s President, Lawrence L. Reger, praised the Winnetka Historical Society for “making the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority of their institutions, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

Conservator Andrzej Dajnowski and preservation architect Anne McGuire will spend two days surveying the museum and will provide a comprehensive report that will identify general conservation priorities. The assessment report will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections and historic museum building at 411 Linden St. in Winnetka.

The Winnetka Historical Society Museum & Research Room is located at 411 Linden Street and specializes in preserving the artifacts, artwork, photographs, archives, and audio/visual media that illustrate the history of the Village of Winnetka, Illinois. The museum and research room are open 1-4PM Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays and by appointment anytime Monday-Friday. The current exhibit, “Loosen Your Corset, Roll Up Your Sleeves: The Progressive Era in Winnetka 1890-1920,” which examines the transformation of a sleepy rural village into a forward-looking, modern suburb, runs through November 15.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage. To learn more about Heritage Preservation, please visit www.heritagepreseravtion.org.

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. The Institute’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The Institute provides leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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