Blue Slope Country Museum preserves past agricultural practices and lifestyles for the benefit of multi-generations to positively impact future decisions in agriculture.
Blue Slope Country Museum will be seen as an important resource center for encouraging people to think globally when visualizing past agricultural practices and lifestyles.
Statement Of Purpose
The purpose of the Corporation shall be to help preserve and educate the public of the unique, historical and educational heritage of agriculture in New England. The Corporation is formed exclusively for educational and charitable purposes of the public, to gather, demonstrate, and preserve the historical importance of antique farm tools, household items and related implements. Educational programs and events shall be coordinated and conducted to further the historical goals of the Corporation, including similar permissible objectives as the same are allowed within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future U.S. Internal Revenue Law, hereinafter referred to as the "Code".)
Scope of Collection Statement
Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc.'s collection includes antique farm tools, household items and related agricultural implements, books, magazines, manuscripts, written material, and oral histories for the time period of Native American to current primarily from New England.
The collection will be used for preservation, education, exhibitions, curriculums, programs, and charitable purposes.
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Artifacts will be acquired through donations, purchase, archeology, and creation such as dioramas, paintings, etc.
Overall, considerations for acceptance into the permanent collection are:
uniqueness of item to the collection in any category
uniqueness of item in general
conservation and preservation requirements (i.e. objects in good condition, but easily deteriorated)
Objects which have restrictions placed on them by the donor will not be accepted, except in the case of extreme relevance or uniqueness. Acceptance of a restricted item will be recommended by the Board of Directors (see Accessions for full details and procedures on accessioning).
Because of limited storage space and conservation funds, some collections specify types of objects which will not be accepted.
Reproductions and objects accepted for use as hands-on demonstrations will be placed in the curatorial collection, which is separate from the permanent collection.
Individual Collection Categories
The Agriculture collection is composed of all implements and tools that deal with the planting, harvesting or storage of food products. The time period of the collection begins with early tools used by Native Americans, continues through the present time. The collection contains primarily hand-held tools or animal driven equipment; but also includes certain smaller machines for mass production.
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The Tool collection consists of tools used in various trades and professions. The collection should be representative of trades such as carpenter, blacksmith, cobbler, surveyor, wheelwright, tin smith, etc. Only hand-held tools and small machine tools will be accepted because of limited storage space.
Kitchen and House wares collection is composed of items used in the preservation of food, preparation of food and food service. The collection also includes items used for domestic chores in daily life such as spinning wheels, irons, wash boards, washing machines, butter churns, candle molds, baskets, crocks, brassware, pewter ware, etc, as well as lamps and lighting devices. The collection encompasses items from the earliest Colonial residents (Native American tools are included in the archaeology collection, under Miscellaneous) through the present time.
Library collection includes particularly agricultural books, magazines, manuscripts, written material, and oral histories for the time period of Native American to current.
Veterinary Medicine includes instruments and appropriate books used in veterinary medicine from the early 19th century to the present time.
Textiles - does not collect actively textiles with knowledge that other museums can give the specific care, storage, and handling necessary for those articles.
Furniture - does not actively collect with knowledge that other museums can give the specific care, storage, and handling necessary for those articles.
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Glass, Ceramics, and Silver - does not actively collect with knowledge that other museums can give the specific care, storage, and handling necessary for those articles.
Recreational - does not actively seek in the collection of toys, games, dolls and other items of recreation and entertainment for children and adults, unless it is unique.
Weapons - does not actively collect with knowledge that other museums can give the specific care, storage, and handling necessary for those articles.
The Miscellaneous collection consists of items not classified specifically as belonging to one of the other, previously defined collections. Subcategories of Miscellaneous include art, archaeology, County and State agricultural memorabilia, medical, etc. This collection includes items pertinent to past and current agricultural history, through the present times, that are in good condition and may be used in future exhibits, publications or other educational programming. Items in less than perfect condition will be considered if they are of great historical significance.
BSCM, Inc. will continue to collect artifacts representing:
- agricultural practices
- agricultural lifestyles
- environmental changes in land and its uses
- individuals and their ideas in forms of art, literature, philosophy as a reflection on the interpretation of New England agriculture
- agricultural employees such as immigrant farm workers
Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc. abides by all federal, state, and local regulations.
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Uses of the Collection
The institution collects for both documentary and secondary collection purposes.
The Documentary Collections consist of original, rare, and often irreplaceable historical, art and manuscript objects that should be preserved for future generations. Many of these objects have a known provenance that increases their documentary value. Objects in the Documentary Collection may be used for research and exhibition. The institutions will not use Documentary Collection objects in any way that is detrimental to their preservation.
The Secondary Collections consist of published works, facsimile reproductions, adaptations, modern reproductions, restored objects, and some period items. Period objects and manuscripts may be placed in this category provided that a duplicate or closely similar object is represented in the institutions' Documentary Collections or in the collection of a comparable institution. Secondary Source material is chosen for its usefulness in interpretive and education programs. They are intentionally released for handling, use, research and education with the understanding that this will limit the life of the materials.
Adopted by the Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc. Board of Directors on __August 28, 2013