CVB Assisting With Museum Planning for Doleman House African-American Collection

CVB Assisting With Museum Planning for Doleman House African-American Collection

For more than 25 years, the Doleman House on North Locust Street served as a window to black history for visitors and school groups, brimming with five rooms full of old photos, bills of slave sales, quilts made by slaves to commemorate their freedom and other artifacts bought or donated from local families. Since its curator, Marguerite Doleman, died in 2000, public access to the collection has been limited, and the items have been packed into boxes. Local officials and historians recently took a first step toward the Doleman family's goal of opening a history museum in Hagerstown to preserve the collection and make it accessible to the public.
Through the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the city has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the MHAA to hire a museum conservation professional to review the collection and recommend solutions for its care and display. The city plans to request bids for a consultant to review the collection within the next couple of months. The group also agreed to set up a 10-person board of directors by early January so the collection can apply for a status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, she said. This will allow them to apply for additional grants, such as one from the Maryland Historical Trust's Museum Assistance Program, to help with the cost of acquiring and setting up a museum.

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