Cowan Museum of History and Science

Grant-Funded Project (2016-2019)

​We are happy to announce that through the NC Science Museums Grant Program, under the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, we were awarded over $211,000 for STEM education projects. Stay tuned for details!

Collections Stewardship (Ongoing):

Following best practices to manage, house, secure, document, and conserve the Museum's collections is a top priority. In September 2016, our staff, volunteers, and interns completed a wall-to-wall inventory of over 4,300 objects. Currently, we are entering data collected from the inventory into our relational database, connecting digital images to each object record, and assessing collection storage needs.

 Current Projects

"The Way We Worked" Exhibit

(May 5 - June 16, 2018)

"The Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils invite hundreds of small museums, in towns with populations of 500 to 10,000, to participate in a national exhibition program to create their own educational programs, cultural activities and exhibitions that center on local heritage."

We are proud to announce that the Cowan Museum has been chosen by the North Carolina Humanities Council to host “The Way We Worked," which will debut in May 2018 at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville.


The Digital Image Project (Ongoing)

Our staff is archiving the Museum's photographs. We are also seeking images from the community of Duplin County (original photographs will be scanned and returned to donors). Please contact the Director, Robin Grotke, for more information if you would like to contribute images to our digital collection.

Museum Assessment program:

Recently, we participated in the American Alliance of Museums' (AAM) Museum Assessment Program (MAP).  Through a year-long process of guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, this initiative was valuable in helping us toward our goal to meet and exceed the highest professional standards of the museum field and to better serve the community.

For over thirty years, the Program has been administered by AAM and funded by the federal Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) as part of the Institute’s National Leadership program.