You Light Up My Life!
History Center Awarded Grant
Have you noticed dusk arriving earlier and earlier? Shortening daylight is not pleasant, nor is it a surprise—it is November, after all. What was a pleasant surprise was the History Center receiving a $159,164 grant to replace and upgrade lighting in our exhibit spaces and collection storage areas. That news surely brightened up our day.
This Legacy grant award is the culmination of a two year project to remedy the museum’s inadequate and inefficient lighting. A 2018 grant award allowed us to evaluate the lighting system in the collection storage and work areas along with the exhibit space. From this evaluation, HCOC received a report recommending the installation of new LED lights and motion sensors which would be more energy efficient, produce less harmful rays that can damage museum collections, turn off when visitors are not present, and provide a more even illumination of the space. To implement this project HCOC applied for and received a Legacy Grant to install new lights and motion sensors. Work for this project will be carried out in 2021 and will enhance the collections care and visitor experience at the History Center of Olmsted County.
Legacy Grant funds cannot be used for operating cost--only for eligible projects.