Western Museums Association Annual Meeting
Katie Wilson and Chanda Shcneider will be presenting on project work ESA conducted for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in 2018.
In 2018 the Puyallup Tribe of Indians (Puyallup) moved their cultural collections into a space where engagement with, access to, and care for them can be wholly managed by the Puyallup. The collections had been stored in an offsite facility for several years. The Historic Preservation Department (HPD) acquired the space to bring these collections back into their care and received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop a 10-year preservation plan and complete an inventory. The Puyallup hired ESA to assist in completing these tasks. Working together, ESA and the HPD staff inventoried a total of 251 items. Working alongside the HPD was a mutually beneficial experience that expanded ESA’s understanding of the HPD needs and presented opportunities to collaboratively problem solve on items with special storage or conservation needs. The preservation plan included short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals, priorities, conservation needs, and other collections management tasks. This plan will help the HPD work toward staffing and facility needs as their collection grows and a new cultural facility is developed.