DONATIONS AND LOANS TO THE HANCOCK HISTORICAL MUSEUM HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF HISTORY
The Hancock Historical Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As a museum, we rely solely on the generosity of donors and lenders who provide objects, library/archive items, or donate funds toward our operations, education, and collection maintenance. To submit any artifact to be considered for a loan or donation to the Hancock Historical Museum, we ask that you complete and return the attached Collections Application and return it to the Museum along with current, detailed photographs of the object(s) to be reviewed by the Museum’s Collections Review Committee.
WHAT IS THE COLLECTIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE?
To maintain the integrity of our collections, the Hancock Historical Museum has a Collections Review Committee that meets to review all donation and loan offers. The Committee consists of dedicated people who carefully review each proposed item and ask the following questions:
• How does the item fit the museum’s mission?
• What is the current or future exhibit potential?
• Does the donated item have any unique or rare features?
• What story does it tell?
After the Committee’s regularly scheduled review meeting, the Registrar will contact the owner regarding their offer and what next steps are to be taken.
Items the Museum does NOT accept:
• Old Newspapers
• Anything in poor condition (falling to pieces, moth-eaten, mold outbreaks, etc.)
• Military Uniforms from WWI, WWII, Korea
• Photographic Slides
• Reel to Reel Films
• Models of Buildings, Ships or Cars
• Reproduction clothing
• Quilts and Coverlets
• Wedding Dresses
• Mid-20th Century Women’s Hats
• Incomplete sets of China
• Scrapbooks of just newspaper clippings
• Photographs of unidentified people or places
• The Men and Women of WWII book.