White Hall State Historic Site Receives Technology Grant
White Hall State Historic Site near Richmond
White Hall State Historic Site will eventually be able to catalog and retrieve all of its artifacts much more effectively, thanks to a technology grant from the Kentucky Historical Society.
In the past, artifacts from the Italianate mansion, located near Richmond, Ky., have been cataloged by hand. Park officials can now maintain the inventory in a computer database, utilizing software purchased with the grant.
This database is still being populated with data as part of a long-term project. Once the database is finished, it will bring White Hall up to par with the best practices in the museum community.
“Our old inventory system was not acceptable within the museum community,” said White Hall Park Manager Kathleen White. “This is more high tech and brings us up to modern processes. With this system, we’ll be able to make sure that none of the artifacts slip through cracks.”
White Hall houses thousands of important artifacts. Along with providing improved management of these treasures, the system enables park officials to better answer the public’s questions about specific artifacts.
White Hall was the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay: emancipationist, newspaper publisher, Minister to Russia and friend to Abraham Lincoln. The home is currently on its winter schedule and is open for tours Wednesday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The Kentucky State Parks System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
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