Preservation Long Island Receives an Inspire! Grant for Small Museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Preservation Long Island (PLI) holds what is recognized as one of the most significant regional collections of material culture in New York State. We are pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that will fund collections management enhancements for our permanent collection and help to expand public access to art and artifacts that reveal life on Long Island across four centuries.

The grant will enable us to undertake an assessment of our inventory practices to improve access and the long-term care and maintenance of the collections displayed and stored at our historic sites and facilities—the PLI Headquarters building in Cold Spring Harbor, Joseph Lloyd Manor and Collections Storage in Lloyd Harbor, Sherwood-Jayne Farm in Setauket, and the Custom House in Sag Harbor. The grant-funded project runs from September 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023.

Joseph Lloyd Manor will serve as a pilot site for the grant project. The house was the center of the Manor of Queens Village, a 3,000-acre provisioning plantation established in the late 17th century on the ancestral lands of the Matinecock Nation. Jupiter Hammon (1711–before 1806), one of the first published African American writers, was one of the many people of African descent enslaved at the site.

The collections inventory project will help bring to light new stories that can be told with the existing collections and inform new acquisitions for PLI’s historic sites.

Visit our Digital Collections to explore a sample of our extensive collections online.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.