CSA Angels Project
The CSA Angels Project, which first took place in 2006, supports a deserving collection located in or near the host city of that year’s CSA National Symposium. The site is selected by the Angels Project leadership, who work with those at the collection to develop a workable plan for a one-day intensive project that meets the collection’s most pressing needs. A substantial number of supplies and equipment are given to the chosen institution. Most of the necessary conservation supplies are typically donated by businesses in the museum industry and some monetary funding for the project is provided by the CSA Endowment and by donation. Staff and volunteers of the collection are provided with basic training in museum standards of care for costume and accessories collections, and CSA members volunteer to provide expertise and additional human resources. Supporters of the institution generally help by providing food, overnight accommodation and travel to and from the symposium hotel for the CSA team. One Angels Project grant is awarded each year.
The CSA Angels Project is a one-day event, held each year near the site of the CSA National Symposium, which provides conservation, storage and curatorial assistance to a costume collection at a small institution. The project also afford CSA members who volunteer the opportunity to acquire and practice collection care and management skills, and to work in a team with other CSA members to help preserve a deserving costume collection.
How to Volunteer
Each CSA Angels Project provides members of the Costume Society of America with a valuable opportunity to acquire and practice collection care and management skills while helping a deserving collection. Volunteering to help is also a great way to meet other CSA members and work with them as part of a team. We hope you’ll join us for our next Angels Project.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Angels Project, contact CSA Angels Project Volunteer Coordinator Patti Borrello.
This Year’s Angel Site
This year’s recipient of the Angels Project is the Lincoln County Historical Association in Wiscasset, Maine. LCHA was founded in 1954 and is the steward of three buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places: The Pownalborough Courthouse of 1761 in Dresden, the Museum and Old Jail of 1811 in Wiscasset, and the Chapman-Hall House of 1754 in Damariscotta. The Association holds a collection of period bedding, coverlets, quilts, costume pieces, early samplers, and uniforms dating from 1761 through the mid-20th century.
A substantial number of supplies and equipment are given to the chosen institution. Most of the necessary conservation supplies are donated by businesses in the museum industry and monetary funding for the project is provided by the CSA Endowment. Staff and volunteers of the collection are provided with training in museum standards of care for costume and textile collections, and CSA members volunteer to provide expertise and additional human resources to document, catalogue, photograph, label, and store objects from LCHA’s textile and costume collection. If needed, conservation treatment will also be provided on premises.
The Next Angels Site
The Costume Society of America’s 2018 Symposium will be in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a search is on to locate a site for the CSA’s Angels Project.
Lincoln County Historical Association Museum
The Ukrainian Museum-Archives
The Heritage Museum
Historical Society of Baltimore County
Hoover Dam / Boulder City Museum
Boulder City, NV
The Marietta Museum of History
Colonial Dames of America at the William Hickling Prescott House
Rebecca Maud Owens Costume Collection
Kansas City, MO
Phoenix Museum of History
Jackson Barracks Military Museum
New Orleans, LA
Ramona Pioneer Historical Society at the Guy B. Woodward Museum
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House
Stonington Connecticut Historical Society
- fall into the small museum category, which includes historical societies, historic houses or sites, or other similar institutions
- have a collection of tangible costume objects
- have a very limited budget and staff to support the costume collection
- propose a project relating to maintaining the costume and textile collection
- be a non-profit organization as recognized under IRS Section 501
- be regularly open to the public for a minimum of forty days a year
- have an annual budget of $250,000 or less and five or fewer full-time paid staff members
- to accept a grant, an institution must be or become an Institutional Member of the Costume Society of America (CSA) or have an active staff member who is an Individual CSA Member.
- have a work space large enough to accommodate the Angels on the workday
- be located within a forty five minute drive of the CSA symposium hotel.
- high impact of the project on the collection’s well-being and mission
- significance of the collection
- feasibility of the project in terms of resources, location, timeline and personnel to carry it out.
- Complete the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit one application electronically. If not submitting electronically, send three (3) copies of the application material (with a single copy of the institution’s most recent IRS Form 990/999-EZ and all schedules) together with any relevant documentation and supporting material.
Martha Winslow Grimm
4347 E. North Lane
Phoenix, Arizona 85028-4141