Federal grant will help protect Winterthur's art collections

By Mellany Armstrong 3:15pm, August 29, 2012
You might like to keep cool when touring a museum, but it's more important for the art that's in it. That's why Winterthur museum is celebrating a $350,000 federal grant to install a new HVAC system.

"The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to be making this award to the Winterthur museum," said NEH Director of Preservation and Access Nadina Gardner.

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Museum director David Roselle says the grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will have a greater match from Winterthur.

"And better manage the preservation of our collections in the museums, the galleries and the research building," he said.

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Senator Chris Coons says this project will be used as a model and will have a transformative impact.

"Not just on this building, not just on this place, but on how all conservation-oriented collections of historic materials of this kind are managed and operated in the United States and around the world," he said.

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It costs more than a million dollars a year to heat and cool the museum buildings. The new HVAC system will reduce the museum's carbon footprint and save 20 percent in operating expenses.

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