Department of Parks
WICKLIFFE MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE TO PARTICIPATE IN HERITAGE PRESERVATION’S CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
Wickliffe, Ky. – Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site has been chosen to participate in the 2009 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), Heritage Preservation announced today.
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site joins the 2,500 museums that have participated in CAP since the program began in 1990. Heritage Preservation's CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and recommend ways to correctly improve collection conditions. Heritage Preservation’s President, Lawrence L. Reger, praised Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site for “making the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority at their institution and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”
CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections. A professional conservator will spend two days surveying the site and three days writing a comprehensive report that will identify conservation priorities. The on-site consultation will enable the Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures, and environmental conditions. The assessment report will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections. The Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site expects to receive a professional assessment of the artifacts and museum environment from participating in CAP.
“We are especially interested in an evaluation of the SunCircle house floor feature, a rare artifact excavated here on the site several years ago. We hope the report from the assessor assists us in preserving the collection for the future,” said Carla Hildebrand, the park manager.
The Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is located at 94 Green Street, Highway 51/60 in Wickliffe, Ky., and focuses on the science of archaeology and the mound site with artifacts from the Mississippian Native American Indian culture. It is open daily from May to October. Wickliffe Mounds is currently staging special activities in the museum that are family friendly fun. Each Saturday this summer, there will be demonstrations of pottery, stone tool making, games, crafts and hands-on displays. The Woodswalk Trail is available for wildlife viewing. Wickliffe Mounds also has a picnic area and gift shop. Group rates are available by calling the park at 270-335-3681.
Heritage Preservation is the national organization dedicated to preserving our nation’s heritage. Its members include museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation organizations, historical societies, conservation organizations, individual professionals, and other groups concerned with saving the past for the future. To learn more about Heritage Preservation, please visit www.heritagepreservation.org
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 15,000 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convening, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build 21st century skills, and provide opportunities for civic participation. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov