National funding group chooses Museum On Main for possible financial aid

Grant could 'dramatically help' Pleasanton museum in year ahead, director says

Heritage Preservation has chosen the Museum On Main to participate in the 2010 Conservation Assessment Program of funding museums in the U.S.

The Pleasanton museum would be one of 2,700 museums nationally to have received help from CAP in its 20 years of serving small museums.

The program provides 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 Find out more about the Heritage Preservation at its website,

-- Emily West

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Posted by Visitor
a resident of another community
on Mar 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

This Museum is the sparkling gem of downtown. Everyone should visit it, especially parents with their children. The staff is so friendly and will teach you things about Pleasanton's history that you cannot learn anywhere else. Ask about Abbott and Costello or how Hacienda Business Park came to be -- they know it all. Enjoy!!!

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Forget the museums...give all money to the schools...isn't that what we are all scraeming about?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm

get lost sad sack...the money is for the museum...HOORAY!

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I agree with "Visitor"....

A great resource to this city and the valley's residents.

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