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.

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.

Grant-Funded Projects

​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 funds to help sustain the Museum and grow STEM/STEAMA education projects to make available for schoolkids and the public, such as:

  • STEAMA programs in Ila's Kitchen Garden.

  • Events and programs in the Joann Cowan Brown Native Plant Garden.

  • Outreach programs for schools, youth groups, homeschoolers, and the public. Programs may take place  at one of our "partner organizations," like Liberty Hall Restoration, Tarkil Branch Farm's Homestead Museum, and the Duplin County Library. Call Anne Skinner, 910-296-2149, for more information.

  • Events and programs for traveling exhibits, such as "The Way We Worked," through the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and the NC Humanities Council.

  • Building renovations to offer more space for visitors and educational programs.

And more!

 Current Projects

Cowan Museum of History and Science


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.