STRATFORD – The Swedish Swede Bend Settlement Foundation in Iowa received a grant from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation.
The grant will help catalog the archival storage and the exhibition gallery project.
Following the death of the co-founder and president of the foundation and the museum director in 2020, the board of directors met, assessed and set strategic goals for the museum and its collection to secure its future. in Stratford and to develop a space for the community to gather, research and explore the history of the greater Swede Bend area.
The cataloging part of the project will move the museum from paper documentation to a searchable online catalog. It will be a central location to include all the details about a particular artifact, including its historical significance, who it belonged to, who donated it and more.
The second part of the project will consist of archiving and properly storing the objects, documents, stories, manuscripts, photographs and maps of the collection. The acquisition of archival storage products and their use to store artifacts appropriately is necessary to ensure the preservation of the collection.
The third part of the project involves updating the exhibition gallery space, replacing the current open shelving with appropriate museum display cases, display props and interpretive panels to project the artifacts while ‘they are exposed.
The public is invited to join the Swedish Foundation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 11 at the Swedish Immigrant Museum, 819 Goldsmith St., Stratford, for a first look at the progress of updating the exhibition gallery. There will be activities for the kids and holiday treats.