Thanks to a grant from the American Heritage Preservation Program, Rokeby Museum in Ferrosburgh will receive funds to repair two historic photographs in its collection.
This collaboration between the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Bank of America Foundation supports small museums, libraries, and archives to preserve works of art, artifacts, and historical documents in need of conservation. Rokeby Museum will conserve two daguerreotypes, the earliest form of photography. The museum was one of only 53 institutions in the nation to receive an award.
"With these awards, communities will be able to rescue exceptional objects that link their pasts to their futures. This grant program is an important part of IMLS's Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a multi-year, multi-pronged initiative to protect our national treasures," said IMLS' Anne-Imelda M. Radice.
Rokeby Museum Director Jane Williamson said the importance of this effort, "This early photograph of Thomas R. Robinson, who established his family's home at Rokeby in 1793, is the only known image of him. A digital scan will be created as part of the project, and we will be able to display Thomas's picture for the first time."
Rokeby Museum is a National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional underground railroad history. The Museum connects visitors with the human experience of the underground railroad and with the lives of the Robinsons, who lived on and farmed this land for nearly 200 years.