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George Eastman House receives Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Grant funding used for creation and launch of a multimedia website to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Technicolor

Rochester, N.Y., November 7, 2014—George Eastman House has received a federal grant for its project, Opening Up Collections: Charting Technicolor’s History through New Technologies, in the amount of $48,254 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Museums for America Program. George Eastman House is one of 186 museums across the nation to be awarded the IMLS grant out of 707 that applied for funding.

Opening Up Collections: Charting Technicolor’s History through New Technologies comprises a multimedia website to celebrate 100 years of Technicolor. To be launched in January, the site will allow users to explore Technicolor’s rich history through original artifacts in the museum’s collections. It will also act as a portal for audiences to engage in other Technicolor centennial celebrations organized by George Eastman House that will be occurring throughout 2015, including a major exhibition, In Glorious Technicolor; film series; and the book launch for The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915–1935.

The website will facilitate access to highlights from George Eastman House’s unparalleled collection of equipment and documentation that have previously been accessible only to on-site researchers. Creative, corporate, and technological milestones in the company’s history will be illustrated with high-quality digital reproductions of historical artifacts, new animated graphics, and interviews with curators and experts. The website will be live on January 24, 2015, and can be found by visiting eastmanhouse.org/technicolor100.

“The multimedia website project helps George Eastman House to fulfill its goal of providing an enriching online learning environment to enable the largest possible audience to engage with motion picture technology and its history,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman House. “Further, this project will raise the international online profile of George Eastman House, and will highlight the value of our collections as an asset for a world of learners.”

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit imls.gov.

About George Eastman House

George Eastman House holds unparalleled collections, totaling more than four million objects, of photographs, motion pictures, cameras and technology, and photographically illustrated books. Established as an independent nonprofit institution in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and third largest film archive in the United States. The museum is in Rochester, NY, and includes the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, the philanthropist and father of popular photography and motion picture film. Learn more at eastmanhouse.org.