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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will receive a national award to help preserve treasured objects and artifacts related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination for future generations.

Museum Receives National Award to Preserve Its Collections

DALLAS/June 18, 2009—Treasured objects and artifacts held by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

"The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is delighted to be recognized for its cultural and historical significance by receiving this national award," said Nicola Longford, Executive Director of the museum. "For decades to come, this donation will help us preserve our growing collections relevant to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, including original 1963 news footage, home movies, newspapers and the oral history interviews we continue to conduct."

The museum will receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for the care of its collections.

"The challenges of preserving the thousands of items in our collections vary extensively," said Lindsey Richardson, the museum's Collections Manager. This donation is a much-needed resource to address those issues and enable us to maintain collections items of such historical importance."

The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries' special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

"When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation's collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries and archives nationwide," said Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of IMLS. "We were both pleased and encouraged by the overwhelming interest of institutions prepared to answer the call to action, and we know that with their dedication, artifacts from our shared history will be preserved for future generations."

The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a conservation initiative launched by the Institute in 2006 in response to a 2005 study. Released in partnership with Heritage Preservation, the study entitled A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America's Collections shines a nationwide spotlight on the needs of America's collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections.

About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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