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Montpelier Receives Grant to Fund Digital Collections Database

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Press Release from James Madison's Montpelier:

Orange, VA - James Madison's Montpelier is excited to be one of 13 recipients of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Advancement Grant. These awards are part of a larger slate of 235 grants announced by the NEH, and will allow Montpelier to begin the process to develop a fully accessible and searchable digital collections database.

"It is a great honor for Montpelier to receive a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the NEH," said Elizabeth Chew, Vice President of Museum Programs at Montpelier. "We are excited to begin a new model of collaborative interdisciplinary work to create an accessible digital database for our four disparate collections that will serve the needs of museum professionals, scholars, members of our descendant community, and the general public."

The proposed project will develop an open database that brings together the various collections at Montpelier, including the Archaeology Collections, Architectural Collections, the Montpelier Research Database (MRD), and the Decorative Arts Collection. This project will also allow these collections to be accessible to the public. Montpelier will use funding from this grant to host a multi-day workshop in July 2019 as the first phase in this project.

This workshop will bring digital heritage scholars, curators, and community stakeholders together to establish a framework that will be open, accessible, and reproducible for other institutions. The project is being conducted in partnership with Michigan State University's MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.