The Rye Historical Society was awarded a grant to purchase collections supplies from a program administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts. The Collection Needs Assessment Program: Supplies Grant initiative supports requests from qualified New York State museums to purchase collection management supplies.
With the grant funding, the historical society purchased large archival storage boxes and acid-free tissue paper to store and preserve textiles too delicate to hang and which are best stored flat in boxes. Allie Copeland, the society’s collections manager and registrar, noted that these supplies have already been put to good use at the society’s Square House Museum. “We have boxed a substantial portion of our menswear collection and anticipate using the remaining supplies for wedding dresses and gowns – some of the most beautiful objects in our collection [are] also the most at-risk if not stored properly,” Copeland said.
The historical society and the Square House Museum are located at 1 Purchase St. in Rye. The Square House Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information about the society’s programs and events, please visit RyeHistory.org or call 967-7588.