Preservation Program Comes to Gordon Park Museum


Fort Scott, KS Gordon Park Museum Foundation announces that it is 1 of 79 institutions in the United States selected to participate in the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

CAP helps museums improve the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. The museum will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preventive conservation priorities. Museum specialist, Karen Butler-Clary from Highlands Ranch, Colorado is the Collection Assessor and architect, Craig Patterson from Lawrence, KS is the Building Assessor. The final assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

“The CAP program will help the Gordon Parks Museum to further enhance our collections care. Our goal is to preserve the collections for future generations. We are very excited and thankful to be part of this unique program and looking forward to getting started with the program right away to help ensure the preservation of the great collections we have here in the Museum for others to enjoy and study” said Kirk Sharp, Executive Director of the Gordon Parks Museum.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services; a federal grant-making agency that supports museums and libraries.

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About the Gordon Parks Museum Foundation The mission of the Gordon Parks Museum is to honor the life and work of Gordon Parks, internationally-known photographer, filmmaker, writer, and musician; and to use his remarkable life story to teach about artistic creativity, cultural awareness, and the role of diversity in our lives. The Gordon Parks Museum Foundation is located at 2108 S. Horton St. Fort Scott, KS 66701 and specializes in collections of Gordon Parks. It is open from Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Learn more at

About FAIC The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation saves cultural heritage for future generations, protecting it from decay and destruction. Learn more about FAIC at

About IMLS The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s

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