Houston 7/23/12-Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce that the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum has been chosen to participate in the 2012 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum joins the 2,800 museums that have participated in CAP in its twenty-two year history of serving museums. Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and recommend ways to correctly improve collections conditions. Heritage Preservation’s President, Lawrence L. Reger, praised the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum for “making the vital work of caring for collections a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”
CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections. A professional conservator spent two days surveying the site and three days preparing (a) comprehensive report(s) that identify conservation priorities. The onsite consultation enabled the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures, and environmental conditions. The assessment report(s) will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections.
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum expects to use this information in making the transition to and the maintenance of collections in its new location, the historic landmark located at 3816 Caroline: the Houston Light Guard Armory. The information in the CAP Assessment is essential to the transfer, installation and maintenance of artifacts in the new site, as well as a blueprint for conservation facilities management. It further provides information for future grant-seeking. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is 501(c)(3) institution.
For more information, go to www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com or (713) 942-8920.
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is currently located at 1834 Southmore and plans to transition to its new site, the Houston Light Guard Armory, located at 3816 Caroline, later this year. The museum is open Monday-Friday from 10: a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum specializes in military history, artifacts, documents and memorabilia that chronicles the military experience of the Buffalo Soldier from 1770-2000. Special exhibits include the Indian Wars, Chaplains in the West, Women in the Military, Modern Day Buffalo Soldiers (i.e. Astronauts).
Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage.
To learn more about Heritage Preservation, please visit www.heritagepreservation.org.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
Captain Paul J. Matthews
Founder & Executive Director
WE CAN WE WILL—–READY AND FORWARD!