The University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Arizona State Museum are recent recipients of two prestigious "Save America's Treasures" grants.
Announced on February 1st in Washington DC, these grants include $425,000 for support of our tree-ring collections -- the largest and most extensive dendrochronology collections in the world -- to be housed in the new Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Laboratory building that is now being designed. Specifically, these funds will be used to help pay for mechanical-compactable shelving units to be installed in the Mathematics East building when it is becomes available to be converted into the Tree-Ring Archive. The future Tree-Ring Archive (Math East building) will be integrated with and physically attached to the new office and laboratory building. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new building is tentatively scheduled for April 6th -- Please put this on your calendars!
Additionally, a grant of $400,000 was made to the Arizona State Museum for conservation of their collection of woven basketry, which is the most comprehensive collection of Southwest Native American woven basketry in existence, spanning 11,000 years of archaeological history in the Southwest.
You can see a brief announcement of the awards here;
And a more detailed description of the program and this year's grantees here:
This decision and announcement comes from the National Park Service (NPS) and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The grants are made in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Save America's Treasures' private partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
As you will note this is a highly competitive program, and it is quite significant to receive this recognition and support of "America's Treasures" that we are conserving and studying here at the UA.
Congratulations to our Curator of Collections, Pearce Paul Creasman for leading our proposal, and to the Arizona State Museum's team for their successful proposal!