Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 5, 2010

Museum On Main receives grant

Pleasanton's historical hub one of 2,700 museums to join Conservation Assessment Program

Heritage Preservation recently selected the Museum On Main to participate in the 2010 Conservation Assessment Program. It would be one of 2,700 museums to have received help from CAP in its 20 years of serving small museums.

The program would provide funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of the collections and historic buildings. The group would then recommend ways to improve any problem areas.

Lawrence L. Reger, president of Heritage Preservation, praised the Museum On Main, for "making the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations."

Heritage Preservation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, it can assist museums, libraries, archives historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for endangered heritage.

Professional conservator Niccolo Caldararo of Fine Arts Conservation in San Francisco, and Mark McMillan, an historical architect with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in Emeryville will spend two days surveying the Museum On Main and three days writing comprehensive reports.

Museum Director Jim DeMersman said the award is a great honor, as only seven museums were selected this year, that will dramatically help in setting priorities.

The Museum On Main is located at 603 Main St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, visit www.museumonmain.org. Find out more about the Heritage Preservation at its website, www.heritagepreservation.org.

--Emily West

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