The Georgia Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Museums for America grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to assist GHS in its ongoing efforts to provide access to GHS collections online, thereby expanding audiences for history.
The Georgia Historical Society will use the IMLS award to carry out its project, Expanding Audiences for History: Access for a New Century, a technology initiative.
The grant funds will be used for electronically cataloging artifacts, portraits, and maps. Once the project is completed, these collection items will be searchable through the GHS online catalog, and images of the artifacts will be visible through the World Wide Web.
The amount awarded to the Society is $100,172 and will require that GHS raise a matching amount of $100,183.
The Society has been fortunate in the past to receive awards from federal and foundation grants that help to demonstrate the widespread commitment of both public and private sectors to the preservation and sharing of Georgia and American history.
Chartered by the Georgia General Assembly in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society is the private, nonprofit historical society for the state of Georgia.
The oldest cultural institution in the state, and one of the oldest historical societies in the country, GHS fulfills its mission to collect, preserve, and share Georgia’s history by operating a library and archive at its headquarters in Savannah, by presenting a variety of educational programs across the state, and by authoring publications on Georgia and southern history for use by scholars and students of all ages around the nation.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS, go to www.imls.gov.
To learn more about the Georgia Historical Society, the new grant, or about upcoming events please visit www.georgiahistory.com.