Recorded Webinar: Introduction to NEH Preservation Assistance Grants

Recorded On: 11/19/2019

This webinar aims to provide its audience with both the logistical information needed to apply for a Preservation Assistance Grant and a deeper understanding of how these grants can impact their work. We hope webinar participants will leave the webinar feeling more confident about the grant application process and inspired to apply. Join Margaret Walker, Program Officer, Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Caitlin Emery Avenia, Curatorial Director at Old Strubridge Village and past Project Director for several PA grants, as they present an introductory webinar about applying for and executing an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant.

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.


RECORDED DATE: November 19, 2019

COST: Free to all


MARGARET WALKER is a Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where she works with nine grant programs that support stewardship of humanities collections nationwide. She came to the NEH in August 2018 from Vanderbilt University, where she was the assistant curator of the Fine Arts Gallery. There she curated or co-curated exhibitions on topics including First World War posters, the American etching revival, the American circus, and portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler. She holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a M.Sc. with distinction in the History of Art, Theory and Display from the University of Edinburgh. Ms. Walker’s research interests include museum management and the intersection of the arts and the First World War. She also has taught Art Appreciation at Nashville State Community College and secondary mathematics in the Memphis City Schools and has published articles in Nashville Arts Magazine, History Today, The Magazine Antiques, and Sustainable Revenue for Museums (2019).

CAITLIN EMERY AVENIA is Curatorial Director at Old Sturbridge Village where she is responsible for the care, management, and documentation of more than 40,000 historic objects and 35,000 library volumes. Since joining the Village in 2014, she has worked to improve access – both on-site and on-line –   to the Village’s expansive and diverse collections which document life in rural New England in the early 19th century. Ms. Avenia received her B.A. in Cultural and Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University, and her M.A. from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. She has lectured on American interior design and the early work of McKim, Mead & White for the Decorative Arts Trust, Historic Deerfield, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, and the Winter Antiques Show. Ms. Avenia was a co-author and editor of A Walking History of Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island (2013), a book highlighting the architecture and preservation of one of Newport’s most famous thoroughfares.


Recorded Webinar: Introduction to NEH Preservation Assistance Grants
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