Collaboration for Chicamacomico
On February 5th C2C multiplied by coordinating a collaboration for Chicamacomico Life Saving Station (C4C). The site had suffered a good deal of damage in August 2011’s Hurricane Irene. Staff members from across North Carolina’s Department of Cultural Resources joined together with local National Park Service staff, students and instructors from Edgecombe Community College’s Historic Preservation Technology program, and other volunteers to focus on Chicamacomico’s imperilled artifact collection. A total of 20 workers devoted an entire Sunday to help the site.
Though the force of the hurricane lifted several of Chicamacomico’s buildings off their pilings, the collection objects inside did not sustain direct damage. An inventory constituted the collection’s biggest need and a primary disaster preparedness measure. In addition, a lack of climate control continually threatens those objects, such as wool uniforms and corroded metals, that are especially susceptible to high RH levels.
Martha Battle Jackson, Curator for NC Historic Sites, led the charge by developing a numerical tracking system to apply to each object during the inventory. Because many of Chicamacomico’s records are stored at the Outer Banks History Center, there is a chance that some collection objects can be matched later with accession information and eventually receive accession numbers, reflecting the years of their donation. Jackson worked with Chicamacomico’s Site Managers James Charlet and Linda Molloy to designate numbers for the teams of inventoriers to assign to individual artifacts.
Pairs of inventoriers worked steadily throughout the day and documented nearly 250 objects. Many of the artifacts were in exhibition cases and could not be tagged. Instead, teams photographed and recorded each one on worksheets for later entry into a database for Chicamacomico.
Several of the site’s closets contained stored collection items. In those cases, inventoriers tied tyvek tags, marked with zig pens, to each object with Glide dental floss.
Posted on February 14, 2012, in collections access, collections care, collections management, Connecting to Collections, disaster preparedness, historic sites, hurricanes, workshops and tagged Andrea Gabriel, Chicamacomico Life Saving Station, Edgecombe Community College Historic Preservation Technology program, George Strawley, James Charlet, John Campbell, Lida Atkinson, Linda Molloy, Martha Battle Jackson, Michelle Vaughn, Monika Fleming, Reid Thomas. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.