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The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which is administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Through a guided self-assessment and onsite consultation with a museum professional, participation in the MAP will enable Fort Nisqually to better serve the citizens of Tacoma by facilitating compliance with and exceeding the highest professional standards in the museum field. .
The museum’s participation is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). MAP helps museums strengthen their operations, plan for the future, and meet standards through a self-assessment and on-site consultation visit by an expert peer reviewer.
The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum chose to conduct a stewardship assessment of the MAP collections to mitigate risk to exhibits and increase accessibility to research materials. The museum will review the environmental conditions in each of its buildings and create a housekeeping plan with the goal of institutionalizing preventive care and ensuring the preservation of its collection. âOur museum has an extensive collection of artifacts and documents related to the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Puget Sound Agricultural Company in Fort Nisqually,â says site supervisor Jim Lauderdale. âAs a living history museum, we face unique collection management challenges. Participating in this program will allow us to prioritize long-term preservation issues.
“Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s commitment to civic engagement, public service, and overall excellence,” said Laura Lott, president of the AAM. âStudies have shown that American museums are among the most trusted and valued institutions in the country. MAP is designed to make them even better.
Since its inception in 1981, the MAP program has served more than 5,000 museums. The MAP is supported by a cooperation agreement between the AAM and the IMLS. For more information, including a full list of museums participating in MAP, please visit www.aam-us.org/map, call 202-289-9118 or email [email protected] Our website also contains information on museums across the country that have previously participated in MAP and other AAM Excellence Programs (such as verification of basic documents and accreditation).
The AAM is the only organization representing the entire museum community in the country and has been dedicated to promoting excellence in the museum field for more than 100 years. For more information about AAM, visit www.aam-us.org. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the country’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. To learn more about the Institute, visit: www.imls.gov.
The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and headquarters of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company. Visitors travel back in time and learn about life in Washington Territory in the 1850s. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Attic and Postman’s House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with museum store.