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Keene State Art Collections Preserved with Help from "Moose Plate" Purchases

November 15, 2011

State Conservation License Plate Trust Fund Contributes Funds for Cultural Conservation

Keene, NH, November 15, 2011: Keene State College was recently awarded funds from the New Hampshire State Conservation License Plate Trust Fund to assist with the preservation of the college’s art collections. The collections include several art and decorative pieces at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, within the Children’s Literature Festival Art Collection, the Hubbard Art Collection, and several pieces of art enjoyed throughout the Keene State College campus.

"Keene State’s art collections are hidden gems. From rare children’s book illustrations, to materials left behind by Granny D, to incredible gallery pieces, visitors and the campus community alike have access to amazing works," said Dean of Mason Library at Keene State College, Irene Herold. "Art of this caliber must be carefully preserved and catalogued. New Hampshire residents who contributed to the license plate trust fund are helping to preserve Keene State’s public cultural resources - we are grateful for this opportunity."

The funds will allow Keene State College to hire a part-time Art Archivist, who will inventory and evaluate art holdings of Keene State College, and prepare a preservation assessment of the holdings with recommendations for conservation. Keene State received just under $20,000 for this function. The program is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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