About Us

Connecting to Collections is a federal grant project administered by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR). NCDCR was awarded grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to assist the state’s archives, museums, library special collections and historic sites with traditional preservation of collections and disaster preparedness and response.

The N.C. ECHO Project visited North Carolina’s cultural heritage institutions and conducted a needs assessment survey. Survey findings show that collections preservation and disaster preparedness are universal concerns. The Connecting to Collections project addresses these concerns and assists North Carolina’s institutions in facilitating deeper partnerships and planning for sustainable, long-term success in these activities.

The Connecting to Collections Project is currently offering a series of workshops and regional forums on a variety of topics related to collections care, preservation and disaster preparedness. A database of collections preservation and disaster preparedness tools will be created as well as a database of geolocation information for every institution which can be used to assess risk in a natural disaster situation.

To be successful, the project needs your support and input. Please attend one of the regional forums and complete the survey of institutions. Have questions? Contact the Connecting to Collections Project Manager, LeRae Umfleet by email.