FLUSHING, NY, July 20, 2009—Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College 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). The award is part of a national initiative focusing on the needs of collections held by smaller institutions that often lack the human and financial resources necessary to care for their collections. The Godwin-Ternbach is receiving the Bookshelf based on an application describing its needs and plans for the care of its collections.
“I am very proud that this represents our fourth IMLS award, along with the MAP (Museum Assessment Program), CAP (Conservation Assessment Program), and Museums for America (Catalogue Transfer and Digitization Project) awards,” says Godwin-Ternbach Director Amy Winter. “These will go a long way toward helping us preserve and effectively present the Godwin-Ternbach collections. Together with the upcoming Kupferberg renovation, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum will attain a new level in preserving the cultural heritage left to us by alumni and friends, and work toward the goal of full recognition and accreditation by the American Association of Museums.”
“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,” says IMLS Director Anne-Imelda Radice. “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."
About the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its 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, visit www.imls.gov.
About the Godwin-Ternbach Museum
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is the only comprehensive collection of art and artifacts in the borough of Queens, housing over 3,500 objects that date from ancient to modern times. A cultural and educational resource for students and the local community, the museum also serves neighboring areas of Long Island and metropolitan New York. Originally envisioned as a teaching museum for the benefit of art and art history students, the Godwin-Ternbach has expanded its mission over time, embracing all disciplines and an increasingly diverse and engaged public. All exhibitions and programs are free. In addition, the Godwin-Ternbach offers an array of lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours, collaborating with academic departments and Queens College centers and programs.
Located in Klapper Hall on the Queens College campus at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens, Exit 24 off the LIE, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, call (718) 997-4747 or (718) 997-4724 or visit http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach/.