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Museum of Osteopathic Medicine Awarded Grant by Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services

A generous grant of $142,776 from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, staff members at the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and International Center for Osteopathic History will be able to effectively start Phase II of the categorization and cataloging of artifacts as they move toward a uniform inventory of their Osteopathic Heritage collection.

“Thanks to the IMLS Museums for America Grant funding we were able to hire additional staff for two years to process and make available online much of what was received from the ATSU Library’s Special Collections (received by the Museum in 1997), NCOH Collection, and incoming donations.

“The museum team did an excellent job on Phase I of this project,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton, M.A. “I am pleased to learn that our good work has been noted and rewarded to continue the comprehensive inventory work with additional funds to hire staff for two more years and continue on with Phase II.”

Located on the campus of A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo., the museum had applied for the grant for assistance in creating a completely uniform inventory of collection items. Staff members have planned a comprehensive inventory of all collections with digitized and scanned images, as well as online access to the inventory. This award is part of a multi-year project, with an ultimate goal of better serving the public, as well as seeking accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced 160 awards totaling $18,777,552, matched with $32,007,711 of non-federal funds for Museums for America Program Grants. IMLS received 481 applications requesting $53,655,280 in funds.

“Congratulations to the Museums for America grantees. We are pleased to support museums through investments in high-priority, high value activities that benefit communities throughout the United States,” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS director. “These museums, small and large, will help to educate and inspire the public for years to come.”

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.

Earlier in the year, the Heritage Preservation Organization of Washington, D.C., awarded a $3,490 grant to the museum, which paid for a Conservation Assessment Program review. The museum received an extremely positive report from that assessment.

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