The College of Education and Human Sciences, International Quilt Study Center Museum (IQSC), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln celebrated the groundbreaking of a 13,000 square-foot addition to Quilt House. This was all made possible through a gift from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation to the University’s Campaign for Nebraska. Furthermore, additional funding to from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation included $1 million for an endowment to provide the new Executive Director of Quilt of House’s salary, research, and program support.
Marjorie Kostelnik the CEHA Dean states, “When visitors come to Quilt House they always leave wanting more!”
What exactly is a Quilt? Well, most people know them to come from a great- grandmother or grandmother as a warm present; however, in history quilts can have a number of different symbols, help show cultural ties, and explain diverse history! An example of quilts being used in history is with the Underground Railroad. Certain patterns on quilts were to let those traveling that those houses were allies.
In the beginning, the Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antiques and Contemporary Quilts was stored in a renovated climate controlled space in the Home Economics building on UNL’s East Campus. The IQSC used these quilts, along with other collections, to create exhibition displayed in galleries on campus and worldwide. In 2008, the IQSC moved to the Quilt House, this is what we all know now! At this time, Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., installed nine Spacesaver powered mobile systems that were 60’ in length and double-sided to store the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world!
In 2013, the International Quilt Study Center received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums; this is the highest recognition a museum can receive! After the museum opened a 13,000-square-foot expansion. With such a large expansion, Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., was able to help yet again!
A project of this magnitude and importance, Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., works closely with General Contractors and Architects. This is to ensure that all shelving units installed meet the archival preservation guidelines for this important collection. This is because any wood material is hazardous to the collection. All shelving units had to feature a baked-on powder-coated finish that permits any hazardous off-gassing. Additionally, the rails had to be recessed in the concrete to ensure there were no bumps or tripping hazards for the volunteers who need to be able to access the quilts.
Furthermore, with this shelving, it allows for the volunteers to bring carts in and out safely. Plus, they are able to easily retrieve the Hollingers boxes that all the quilts are stored in. The quilts are assessed routinely for cleaning and preservation and for viewing from scheduled public interests.
Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., is no stranger to understanding the individualized needs of museums; just like all the different items held inside a museum, the needs of each individual museum are also different. We are able to provide onsite and offsite storage alongside a number of different options to fit your individualized needs. Check out one of our success stories to see how we helped other museums!