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While charged with preserving 300 year-old items, staff at the American Independence Museum would prefer to not use a development database that feels nearly as old, which underscores the importance of a recently awarded $2,500 grant.

Madelaine G. von Weber Trust awarded the grant to the museum, which will now be able to store a variety of different data points as well as manage, execute and track communications with stakeholders.

According to museum Executive Director Emma Bray, the grant provides for more than just a place into which staff may input data.

“This grant will enable us to analyze data, interpret it, and make business decisions as a result of it,” she said. “We are so thankful that Madelaine G. von Weber Trust saw the merits of our proposal and made this investment.”

Bray said the grant introduces cloud-based technology to staff, which is an important step in the museum’s continued advancement as a sustainable business entity.

“In order to preserve history, we require first class tools and technology,” she said. “I am very enthusiastic that the outcomes from this grant will help us continue to chart a new course for the museum. We want to be active community members, and this grant gives us the tools we need to ensure we can make better decisions and build better relationships.”

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, the museum welcomes more than 5,000 visitors annually and distinguishes itself with educational school programs and events that make history fun and relevant.