THANK YOU to the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) for the opportunity to distribute 8 Collections Recovery Kits to our COSTEP MA community! Made possible by their Emergency Microgrant program.

COSTEP MA Exec Board invited interested cultural institutions to complete the following:

  • 1.  Subscribe to our Email list.
  • 2. Create a listing in the Mass Emergency Management Agency’s Cultural Heritage Facilities Survey (
  • 3. Write a short note (at least 1 paragraph) to COSTEP MA about your institution’s disaster risks and how the disaster kit may help. To post it on our blog, photographs welcome.
  • 4. Join at least 1 COSTEP MA Exec Board meeting to say hello.

Another awardee that satisfied the requirements is the Lynnfield Public Library! Thank you and Congrats! Below is their note about their disaster risks and how the Kit may help.

Their Curator writes:

The Fairbanks House is the oldest known timber frame house still standing in North America, constructed around 1637. In 1912, shortly after the building was vacated by the last Fairbanks descendant and became a museum, a Sears pre-fabricated kit home was constructed on the property to house the curator – this building is where the museum’s collections are stored today. While the structure has been well-maintained over the years, many of the items are potentially vulnerable to leaks, as they are largely stored on the upper floor and depend on the integrity of the roof. Should there be issues with ice dams, water penetration, etc. the Disaster Recovery Kit will provide much needed supplies and allow us to respond more effectively and promptly. Working with COSTEP MA has also highlighted the work we have ahead of us if we hope to be better prepared for such emergencies. Thank you!