Museum Blog

Museum Grants and Power Tools

Posted 2/3/2015 12:02 AM by Melissa Bechhoefer | Comments

Power tools.

Perhaps not the first thing to come to mind in working with delicate artifacts, but as we move forward with rehousing our Oceanic collection, the power is proving invaluable.

DMNS received funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to rehouse, catalog, and move our Oceanic ethnology collection: artifacts from Australia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. As part of the grant, collections staff and volunteers are creating custom archival boxes for the artifacts to help protect them during handling and in storage. To reduce the use of adhesives, the boxes are held together using polyethylene rivets and posts most efficiently assembled using handheld power tools. Even with the efficiency of power, it takes approximately one hour to make a custom storage mount for a single artifact. We needed help!

Sixteen new volunteers have joined the Department of Anthropology this year to assist with the project. So far they have rehoused objects such as Australian bark paintings, boomerangs, and a kangaroo tooth necklace. Two new interns are assisting in cataloguing the objects using online and traditional library resources, along with irreplaceable archival records kept by the museum as objects were acquired. Most recently, staff has been consulting with anthropologists and museum colleagues in Australia to help us gain a better understanding of the artifacts in our collection and the people and culture groups that created them.

Museum Grants and Power Tools_1


Museum Grants and Power Tools_2

Rehousing projects such as this one in the Department were on hold in recent years, due to a lack of space in both existing storage areas and processing areas. The 2014 completion of the Dr. Jane Day Anthropology Workshop now provides ample room for staff and volunteers to work on large grant projects. IMLS grant funds purchased new, custom designed storage cabinets and mobile carriages, designed to protect and maximize storage space for the entire Anthropology collection.

In just two weeks of training our new volunteers, we have rehoused, cataloged, and photographed 40 objects from the Oceanic collection…only 650 left to go!

You can find information on currently available volunteer opportunities in Anthropology and other Museum departments here.

Comments

Subscribe to our RSS feed

Authors

Categories

Social

Archives

Tags

2015 in Space2017 Solar Eclipse40 Eridani system60 Minutes in SpaceAltitudeAndromedaAntaresanthropologyarchaeologyArctic IceArtAsk a ScientistAsteroidAsteroid 2012 DA14Asteroid sample returnAstronomyAtmospherebeerBeetlesBig BangBinary StarBlack HolesBlood MoonBrown DwarfButterfliesCarnegie Institution for ScienceCassiniCatalystCelestial EventsCentaurus ACeresChandra X-Ray TelescopeChang’e 3 moon missionChang’e 4 moon missionCharonChina Space ProgramChinese Space ProgramChipmunksChristmasCitizen ScienceClimateClimate changecollaborationCollectionscollections moveColoradoCometComet 67PComet 67P/Churyumov–GerasimenkoComet Swift-TuttleConferenceConversations in Local Health ResearchCootiesCosmic InflationCuriosityCuriosity RoverCygnusCygnus SpacecraftDark EnergyDark MatterDatabaseDawnDawn missionDawn SpaecraftDDIGDenverDiscovery MissionsdonationDream ChaserDung BeetlesDwarf PlanetEagle NebulaEarthEarth and MoonEarth from SpaceEarth Observation SatellitesEclipse ViewingEducation and Collections Facilityeducation collectionsEinsteinEl NiñoEnceladusentomologyESAEuclid SpacecraftEuropaEuropean Space AgencyEvolutionExoMarsExoMars SpacecraftExoplanetExoplanet Search TechniquesExoplanetsExtinctionextremophilefieldfieldworkFirst Earthrisefolk artfoodGAIA MissionGalaxiesGalaxyGalaxy ClustersGanymedegem carvingGeneticsGRACE SpacecraftGravitational WavesGravity Recovery and Climate ExperimentGreenhouse GasesHabitable ZoneHolidayHolidayshorticultural pestHot JupitersHubbleHubble Space TelescopeHuman SpaceflightHydrainsect collectioninsectsInsightInternational Space StationISSISS SightingsJason-2 (Spacecraft)JPLJWSTKeplerKepler Missionknow healthKonovalenkoKuiper Belt ObjectLaser CommunicationsLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLepidoperaLepidopteraLibraryLiceLight PollutionLinear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA)literatureLockheed Martin DenverLROLunar EclipseLunar Reconnaissance OrbiterMadagascarMarathon ValleyMars 2020Mars ExplorationMars OrbiterMars Reconnaissance OrbiterMars RoverMars RoversMars Science LabMars Science LaboratoryMars spacecraftMars WaterMAVENMemoryMesa VerdeMeteor ShowersMeteorsMilky WayMongoliaMoon Rise/SetMothsMount SharpMROMSLMurray ButtesNASANASA-JPLNASA-TVNeptuneNeuroscienceNeutron StarNew HorizonsNew Horizons spacecraftNight SkynomenclatureNSFNutritionOcean CurrentsOcean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)Opportunity RoverOrbital SciencesOriginsOrionOrion spacecraftOSIRIS-RExPaleo DietpaleontologyparasitesPerseidsPersied Meteor ShowerPhilaePhobosPhotographyPlankPlutopoisonPolar bearsProgresspublishingPulsarQuasarRADRadio AstronomyRegolith ExplorerRelativityResource IdentificationRosettaRussiasamplesSaturnSaturn MoonsSaturn Ringsschoolscience on tapScientific visitorSecurityShrewsSierra NevadaSky calendarSky watchSmellSnowmassSolar SystemSoyuzSpace CommunicationsSpace ProbesSpace Stories of 2015Space TelescopesSpaceXspecimensSpectral InterpretationspidersSpitzer Space TelescopeStar ClusterStar TrekstarsStickney craterSunSuomi National Polar-orbiting PartnershipSuper EarthSuper MoonSupernovaTasteTeen Science Scholarsthe MoonTongueTravelturtleUniverseUtopia PlanitiaVenusVery Large ArrayVestaVirgin GalacticVLAvolunteeringVulcanWebb Space TelescopeWeddingwormXMM-NewtonX-ray Multi-Mirror Missionzoology
^ Back to Top
comments powered by Disqus