A year ago the Stowe Center embarked on a renovation project of the library and archives vault, an underground storage facility built in 1973 that houses the Center’s extensive manuscript, print, photograph, broadside, poster and media collections. Funded by the National Endowment for Humanities and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the goal of this Collections Preservation project is to safeguard the historic collections. Improvements to the vault include installing fire suppression, upgrading climate control and expanding collections storage capacity with compact storage equipment. This will improve conditions for the items already stored in the vault and concentrate the most environmentally vulnerable pieces in the best storage space. The project is scheduled to be completed by October 2010, when the library and archives materials will once again be available for research. Please visit the Stowe Center’s website for project updates. The finding aides and catalog, as well as the artifact collection and the Kirkham Collection of Stowe letters are accessible during this period. Contact Collections Manager Beth Giard (860-522-9258 ext. 313) for more information.