Rehousing the Helbing Collection

Before and after photos

Recipient: Pope County Historical Society

Inert museum storage was created for the ethnographically and historically significant Helbing Collection of American Indian Arts and Crafts as recommended in a museum assessment.

Locking storage cabinets with adjustable shelving and drawers were purchased and installed for artifacts from the Native American arts & crafts collection.  The 109 objects not on display are now housed in appropriate, secure storage cabinets.  The purchase of museum cabinets supports the Pope County Historical Society's conservation and rotational display plan.

Two large storage cabinets were purchased.  Museum staff and volunteers transferred artifacts from isolated office space into the new cabinets.  Objects were isolated and secured using ethafoam blocks and cotton batting.  Textiles were isolated with tissue and washed, unbleached muslin. Artifacts were promptly added to the cabinet and it was locked and rolled to its new space in the museum gallery.

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.