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National Historic Cheesemaking Center: NHCC archives room
Following a busy summer, the 2014 visitor season has come to a close at the National Historic Cheesemaking Center. Members of NHCC have begun implementing changes and improvements for the 2015 season, which will mark the 20th year of the cheesemaking museum and welcome center. The museum is made possible by the many donated pieces of cheesemaking history, which continue to be received. Upon receipt, each piece is inventoried and entered in the database of the Past Perfect museum computer software program, made possible through a grant received from the Monroe Fund - Historic Preservation Fund. Becoming part of the database is donor information and condition, in addition to receiving an ID number, also inscribed on each piece. A photograph or scan of the item is also included. Items currently not on display because of rotation or fragility are stored in the climate-controlled archives room (shown above), where shelving is lined with a preservative coroplast material for the best possible preservation. Photographs, negatives and paper materials are placed in acid-free and lignin-free, ungummed flap folders and filed numerically in coroplast cartons for easy access and preservation for generations to come. It is through the dedication of volunteers that the National Historic Cheesemaking Center continues to preserve "An Era That Was ... That Will Never Be Again." Questions or comments may be directed to Mary Ann Hanna at 608-325-4324 or