The Upcountry History Museum-Furman University has been awarded $19,297 from the National Endowment for the Humanities through its NEH CARES Cultural Organizations Grant Program, the museum announced Tuesday, July 28.
The CARES Grant Program came from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package that Congress passed to confront the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program addressed museum projects that had been active at the onset of the pandemic.
“As the area’s largest and most comprehensive history museum, the Upcountry History Museum’s collection currently includes more than 5,500 artifacts and archival materials that contribute to the study of the history of the Upstate,” said the museum’s CEO Dana Thorpe in a release. “The museum is honored to be an NEH CARES funding recipient. Monies received support the Museum in its role as the keeper of our community’s collective memory.”
The museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, had applied to support The Collection Move: Preserving the Upcountry South Carolina’s Cultural Heritage. The project sought to move the permanent collection to a new storage area that would follow collection stewardship guidelines in order for artifacts to be adequately maintained for years to come.
The National Endowment for the Humanities, created in 1965, supports research in history, literature, philosophy and other subjects in the humanities.