BAR PORT –Maine Historical Society (MHS) has launched a new digital portal that provides public access to its extensive collection of historic clothing, made possible in part by a 2018 grant of $ 134,184 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS ). the grant supported the initiative to improve care, access and the management of MHS-related clothing from Maine dating from the late 1700s through the 20th century.
Professionally executed by project conservation staff, consulting historians and interns, this two-year project relocated and improved the cataloging of nearly 1,200 historical garments (approximately 3,000 pieces), which included the relocation of items. items to MHS ‘offsite collections management storage facility which provides optimal environmental conditions. . Project staff dressed mannequins and photographed the pieces, adding digital images to the MHS collections database and created an online collection guide with greater context for the materials.
Access to a new online guide through a portal on the Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net), the public can browse the collection by period or by theme. The portal’s stories, written by renowned textile and clothing historian Jaqueline Field, are illustrated with high-resolution digital photographs this allows the public to view clothing from multiple angles.
The clothing and accessories in the collection are associated with individuals or families who lived in Maine, were made by residents of Maine, or are in some way related to the state. To see the collection, visithttp://historicclothing.mainememory.net.