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MSU Museum 1 of 2 Michigan Institutions Awarded Federal Grant

‘Museums for America’ Grant Will Help Improve Natural Science Collections Care

The Michigan State University Museum recently received a $113,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to improve accessibility, environmental conditions, and housing for more than 5,600 vertebrate specimens, including rare, endangered, and threatened species. Some of these specimens date back to the 19th century, reflecting collecting and research undertaken during the early days of Michigan State University. The specimens will be protected in new cabinets or on mobile shelving, greatly enhancing access to these “time-deep” scientific collections for MSU faculty, students and external researchers.

Image Caption: A taxidermy-mounted Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax) was donated to the Museum in 1917 by Mr. J.H. Tibbs (class of 1912). The focus of the grant project is to improve environmental conditions and accessibility of over 5,000 bird and mammal specimens that are preserved as taxidermy mounts, tanned skins, study skins, or skeletons in the MSU Museum. Photo by Barbara L. Lundrigan

Image Caption: A taxidermy-mounted Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax) was donated to the Museum in 1917 by Mr. J.H. Tibbs (class of 1912). The focus of the grant project is to improve environmental conditions and accessibility of over 5,000 bird and mammal specimens that are preserved as taxidermy mounts, tanned skins, study skins, or skeletons in the MSU Museum. Photo by Barbara L. Lundrigan

MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander remarks, “The success of this grant reflects concentrated work and attention by Vertebrate Collections Manager Laura Abraczinskas and Mammalogy Curator/Division Head of Natural Sciences Dr. Barb Lundrigan (Integrative Biology), to whom we are deeply grateful.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced grant awards totaling $21,726,676 for museums across the nation to improve services to their communities. Through the agency’s largest competitive grant program, Museums for America, and a special initiative, Museums Empowered, a total of 130 projects were selected from 511 applications requesting $83,855,805. Institutions receiving awards are matching them with $27,561,604 in non-federal funds.

“We received a very rich slate of applications this year making the award process extremely competitive,” said Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of the IMLS Office of Museum Services. “IMLS is pleased to fund projects in museums across America that are making an impact on their local communities, helping preserve and make collections more accessible and enriching life-long learning experiences.”

Museums for America supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public by providing high-quality, inclusive learning experiences by serving as community anchors and essential partners in addressing community needs, and by preserving and providing access to the collections entrusted to its care. For more information and the complete list of IMLS projects, click here.

The Michigan State University Museum collects, preserves, studies and interprets cultural artifacts and natural science specimens. It is home to over 1 million specimens, objects and artifacts, housed in four buildings across the MSU campus. Collections are used for research, teaching, exhibitions and programs in support of scholarship and learning at Michigan State University and worldwide. The Michigan State University Museum is among the earliest museums established in the nation, and has continued to preserve collections and serve learners since its opening on the campus in 1857. Learn more at museum.msu.edu.

Institute of Museum and Library Services logoThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.