FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will improve access to the University of Alaska Museum's cultural collections.
The grant of $697,211 is one of the largest awarded under the federal agency's Preservation and Access program.
''Needless to say, we're overjoyed,'' Molly Lee, curator of ethnology, said Monday in a news release. ''From 2,000-year-old ivory carvings to Alaska pioneer Ben Eielson's airplane, our collections help illustrate the history of an old land and a young state.
''This grant ensures that we'll be able to safeguard the collections while at the same time making them more accessible.''
The funding will be used to stabilize and conserve artifacts from three collections totaling more than 760,000 items, relocate approximately 170,000 artifacts during construction of a new museum wing and purchase and install new storage systems for the collections.
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