Some of the state's prized historic items are protected and preserved right here in town.
The Northeast Document Conservation Center, based in Andover, has been awarded a grant of $30,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to continue the preservation work.
The money supports the center’s services, which help preserve collections of historic state artifacts.
The center provides conservation treatment for books, maps, documents, photos and works of art on paper at its Andover laboratories. It also offers museum-quality digital imaging, audio preservation, consultations, assessments, and training on how to preserve collections.
The center serves libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and town and municipal clerks offices, as well as private and family collectors.
Leaders of the center said it plays a vital role in preserving the history of the region. Without preservation efforts, unique historic artifacts can be lost to time and deterioration, they said.
Grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council help the center serve arts, cultural and historical organizations.
You can learn more at the center's website — nedcc.org.