Works with FEMA and Others to Assess Damage
Museum has been contacted by the American Institute for Conservation Collections
Emergency Response Recovery Team/Institute of Museum and Library Services, and
FEMA to determine the scope of damage to the Museum's historic building and irreplaceable
collection. The elevated moisture levels present on the Museum's first floor and
in the basement has impacted exhibition and storage spaces, harming artifact stability,
and the layer of particulate debris and glass that now blankets the interior space
and exhibitions is causing damage to the artifacts. To ensure safety, the exhibition
has been sealed off to prevent glass and debris from coming further into public
spaces. Additionally, the water that seeped into the basement archival storage
area has spiked the moisture level of many books and documents. An historic buildings
structural engineer has assessed the stability of the landmark building, as it
is critical to determine that the integrity of the nationally historic Barnum
building has not been compromised after the significant wind impact.
help us with our recovery efforts. All contributions are truly welcome and we
continue to recover from the tornado.
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