Artifact Adoption Addendum

part of a wedding dress currently up for adoption at the Museum of the Albemarle

It’s been awhile now since we’ve posted information about North Carolina’s Adopt-an-Artifact programs, and we have several points to add to keep you as up-to-date as possible on this potential conservation fundraiser for your institution.

  •  A member of our NC C2C team, Adrienne Berney, recently presented on the Connecting to Collections Online Community’s webinar on “Adopt-an-Object” programs. The recording is now available for you to access at your convenience by clicking here.
  •  Another presenter in the webinar was Meegan Carr from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. That institution has been very successful with its Adopt-a-Quilt program, which charges participants $250 to adopt each quilt for one year.  One of the best methods they’ve used to get the word out about this donation opportunity is by posting adoption placards, which include the donors’ names, beside each adopted quilt in the museum’s gallery. Gallery guides have been trained to point these out and to promote the importance of the adoption program.
  • The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University has raised funds successfully for conservation each year since 2008. Although not termed “adoption,” the institution’s annual campaigns have focused on a single artifact each year and raised funds for its conservation. Its direct method of publicity and donor relationship-building, as well as its deadlines for donation, are two important features worth considering for artifact adoption programs.
  • Since the webinar aired, our staff has heard back from Wanda Stiles, Curator at the Museum of the Albemarle. She reports that their program has been a great success and has been publicized primarily through local newspapers and their institution’s newsletter. The museum has raised thousands of dollars—enough to conserve three significant textile artifacts: a log cabin silk quilt (conservation cost nearly $10,000 for this piece alone); an 1859 second day dress; and an 1844 wedding vest.

Please join in the conversation on this type of fundraising program with your comments about the possibilities of artifact adoption at your own institution.

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Posted on September 13, 2012, in collections access, Connecting to Collections, museums, public programs, workshops and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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