The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM and International Center for Osteopathic History (MOM-ICOH) was awarded a $1,625 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities to purchase and install 13 data loggers, collect and analyze temperature and relative humidity in strategic locations throughout MOM-ICOH (e.g., galleries, exhibit spaces, annex, storage areas, cabin, etc.), and enhance the plan and procedures for maintaining appropriate environment to preserve and care for the museum’s distinctive collection. Successful project completion will also help the museum meet the American Alliance of Museums accreditation requirement to maintain proper and stable levels of temperature and relative humidity.

“These new monitors will allow us to accurately monitor the temperature and humidity of our artifacts and digitally record and save our data like we have never before been able to do. Maintaining temperature and humidity control in the museum is paramount for the safety and preservation of our artifacts,” said exhibit manager, Paige White, BA. “By accurately monitoring the temperature and humidity variances, we can take immediate action if a major fluctuation occurs and record patterns of change for future long term adjustments that may be needed.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $17.9 million in grants for 233 humanities projects, supporting a variety of projects from research fellowships to preservation of humanities collections at smaller institutions.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

A.T. Still Museum collage

The collections of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine include more than 80,000 objects, photographs, documents, and books dating from the early 1800s to the present (focused mainly on 1870–1940). The core of the collection consists of artifacts from A. T. Still's professional and private life, most of them donated by Dr. Still's daughter, Blanche Laughlin, and members of her family.

Since the founding of the Museum in 1934, other family members, DOs, and Museum supporters have donated many additional artifacts that reflect the ongoing history of the osteopathic profession. The research collections of the International Center for Osteopathic History (ICOH) also include many former holdings of the A.T. Still Memorial Library, for which the Museum assumed responsibility in 1997.

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