“This project will secure the base of collection and program management as AAS moves forward with strength and purpose into its third century.” – Bill Reese, AAS Councilor
Usually we plug new issues of the Almanac by talking about great recent acquisitions, upcoming programs, and spotlights on AAS history and new projects. This is no different for the most recent issue, but what we’re really excited about is announcing the Society’s plans for the construction of a three-story, 7,000-square-foot addition to Antiquarian Hall that will strengthen our ability to preserve and to share the multitude of American stories documented in the printed record of our nation’s past.
The addition will feature a mechanical room to house a modern HVAC system, ensuring high-quality climate control for collection preservation; a flexible multipurpose room for programming; and a state-of-the-art conservation lab. The façade of the addition will present a welcoming face to the community, literally opening up a portion of the historic library to view through a glass and patinated-copper façade facing onto Park Avenue, one of Worcester’s busiest thoroughfares.
We’re bursting with pride and excitement as we share this news, and we’re looking forward to providing updates as the project progresses. In the meantime, you can get more details about the planned addition in this issue of the Almanac, right alongside all of the AAS newsletter staples. We hope you enjoy reading all about it!