kudos affiliates! february 2011

Affiliates start the new year off right with news of support.  Nice going!

Jack S. Parker, a former Vice Chairman of the General Electric Company, made a legacy gift to the Heard Museum’s (Phoenix, Arizona) endowment through the Maie Bartlett Heard Society, the Heard’s planned giving program. Parker’s gift included a $1 million cash annuity and a $1.6 million American Indian art collection bequest. The Heard Museum also received another significant gift with the donation of the Santa Fe Collection of Navajo Rugs from Dr. Charles and Linda Rimmer. The 77 Navajo textiles, created in the late 20th century, represent many styles hand woven by some of the most accomplished Navajo weavers.

Two Manitowoc couples and maritime enthusiasts donated $10,000 for the installation of three vintage MK-14 World War II torpedoes on the USS Cobia docked at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, Wisconsin). The project is part of the ongoing restoration of the Cobia, a restored WWII submarine on display.

The Telluride Foundation awarded $15,000 to the Pinhead Institute (Telluride, Colorado) to support its science-based educational programming.

The Miami Science Museum was awarded a $75,000 grant by Chase to implement the Girls SPICE (Science Program Inspiring Creative Exhibits) project. The grant will allow the Museum to work with Charles R. Drew Middle School’s Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program to implement an afterschool and summer program targeted to female students in grades 7-8.

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Elmhurst, Illinois) has received a $150,000 state grant to use for capital expenses related to the project to renovate and improve its Rock and Mineral Experience exhibit, which focuses on the earth sciences, lapidary arts and science.

The Citizens Bank Foundation announced a donation of $25,000 to the African American Museum in Philadelphia to underwrite the museum’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17. The foundation grant will provide free admission to the museum, as well as special events, including the Citizens Bank Scavenger Hunt for Heritage designed to help children learn about the museum and African American history.

affiliates in the news

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Conner Prairie received the National Medal for Museum Service, a top honor for museums and libraries. (Photo Courtesy Conner Prairie)

Conner Prairie (Fishers, Indiana)
Top museum honor goes to Conner Prairie…READ MORE 

Miami Science Museum (Miami, Florida)
MiaSci receives girls’ education grant…READ MORE 

African American Museum in Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Citizens Bank Foundation donates $25,000, sponsors free Community Day at the African American Museum…READ MORE 

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
A Museum Taken on Faith…READ MORE
Here’s how to navigate Philly’s newest addition…READ MORE

Montana Historical Society
(Helena, Montana)
Montana Historical Society keeps accreditation…READ MORE

U.S. Space and Rocket Center (Huntsville, Alabama)
Bobby’s Bama: U.S. Space And Rocket Center…READ MORE

affiliates in the news: monday, december 20

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Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Michelle Obama Presents Highest Honors for Museums to Japanese American National Museum…READ MORE
Remarks by the First Lady at the National Medal for Museum and Library Services Ceremony…READ MORE 

Honoring outstanding Museums and Libraries…WATCH VIDEO

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, PA)
The National Museum of American Jewish History opens in Philadelphia…READ MORE

Conner Prairie (Fishers, Indiana)
Conner Prairie gets White House honors…READ MORE
Indiana living history museum gets national honor…READ MORE
Honored in Washington Conner Prairie named one of the best in the U.S…READ MORE
Remarks by the First Lady at the National Medal for Museum and Library Services Ceremony…READ MORE
Conner Prairie Honored Among Nation’s Best Museums…READ MORE
Conner Prairie wins medalWATCH VIDEO

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Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
The real Thanksgiving unveiled at Plimoth Plantation…READ MORE
History Channel airs show on Thanksgiving produced by local native…READ MORE  
Plimoth Plantation helps reveal “The Real Story of Thanksgiving”…READ MORE

 

The Air Zoo (Portage, Michigan)
Air Zoo expanding…READ MORE
Air Zoo expansion to consolidate exhibits…READ MORE

Arizona State Museum (Tucson, Arizona)
Southwest’s roots on exhibit at Arizona State Museum…READ MORE

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Refined Jewish Museum Shows Up Drab Philadelphia Mall: Review…READ MORE
National Museum of American Jewish History, designed by James Polshek, opens…READ MORE
National Museum of American Jewish History’s new home unveiled…READ MORE
National Museum of American Jewish History comprised of multiple interlocking volumes…READ MORE 

Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, Montana)
MSU Paleontologist Receives International Award…READ MORE

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Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (Miami, Florida)
Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough to speak at FIU Nov. 19…READ MORE 

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Art Museum of Puerto Rico will host the most complete collection of works by José Campeche…ENGLISH VERSION / SPANISH VERSION 

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
Plimoth Plantation to show History Channel Thanksgiving film…READ MORE 

The Air Zoo (Portage, Michigan)
Air Zoo plans 50,000-square-foot addition for exhibits, aircraft and library…READ MORE 

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (Biloxi, Mississippi)
Frank Gehry-Designed Mississippi Museum Highlights Sculptor George E. Ohr…READ MORE 

Conner Prairie (Fishers, Indiana)
History Park Receives National Honor…READ MORE
Agency names Conner Prairie one of top U.S. museums…READ MORE 

Poverty Point SHS (Pioneer, Louisiana)
Poverty Point recognition well deserved…READ MORE
Poverty Point gains attention…READ MORE
Poverty Point now a Smithsonian affiliate…READ MORE
Poverty Point Now a Smithsonian Affiliate…READ MORE 

Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
“American Tapestry” Exhibition Tells 25 Stories through Collected Objects, Art…READ MORE
L.A.’s Japanese American National Museum wins federal medal for excellence, and $10,000…READ MORE 

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, PA)National Museum of American Jewish History Opening…READ MORE
Jewish Museum Opens Its Doors to History: Past, Present, Future…READ MORE
Philly home to one-of-a-kind museum of Jewish history…READ MORE
National Museum of American Jewish History gala…READ MORE…WATCH VIDEO
National Museum of American Jewish History tells ‘story of America through Jewish eyes’…READ MORE
Biden attends museum opening…WATCH VIDEO
Jewish History Museum Gala…VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
A look inside the new museum…VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
An overview of the new museum…WATCH VIDEO
Stories of a people: Star-studded festivities herald a Phila. museum focused on the Jewish role in American culture…READ MORE
Starry night for museum’s debut…READ MORE
Chronicling lives more than religion…READ MORE
Building and message at odds: While the museum’s exhibits tell of Jews’ success in America, the architecture is decidedly downbeat…READ MORE
New museum offers 4 floors of perspectives…READ MORE
Docents train hard and proud…READ MORE
Vice President Attends Jewish Museum Opening…READ MORE
Biden Attends Museum Opening On Independence Mall…READ MORE
Biden among notables attending opening ceremony of National Museum of American Jewish History…READ MORE
Daily Grinder: National Museum of American Jewish History Opens, Biden Is There…READ MORE
Jerry Seinfeld, Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler unite to honour their Jewish heritage…READ MORE
Expansion of National Museum of American Jewish History to open…READ MORE
Philly museum opens with stars, speeches and plenty of American nostalgia…READ MORE
Stu Bykofsky: New Jewish history museum is ‘uniquely American‘…READ MORE
American Jewish History Celebrated in the City of Brotherly Love…READ MORE
Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg On The New National Jewish Museum…READ MORE
Mazel Tov! National Museum of American Jewish History Opens Its Doors…READ MORE
Discovering American Jewish history at new museum (VIDEO)…READ/WATCH MORE

affiliates in the news

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National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Jewish history museum set to open near historic Philadelphia sites…READ MORE
New National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia Celebrates Jewish Life…READ MORE 
New Philadelphia museum celebrates Jewish life…READ MORE
New museum traces accomplishments of American Jews…READ MORE 
Jewish Museum Completes New Home in Philadelphia…READ MORE
American Jewish History Museum To Open…WATCH VIDEO
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Identity…READ MORE
Museum shows view of American history through Jewish lens…READ MORE
A Walking Tour Through Time…READ MORE
Jews You Can Use…READ MORE
A People’s History…READ MORE

Museum of American Finance (New York, New York)
Monopoly’s diamond year…READ MORE 

Poverty Point State Historic Site (Louisiana)
Poverty Point accepted as Smithsonian Affiliate…READ MORE 

Rubin Museum of Art (New York, New York)
Buddhism’s Influence on Contemporary Artists Explored by the Rubin Museum of Art…READ MORE
The Rich, Detailed Fullness Found in Empty
…READ MORE 

Historical cottage at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center (Staten Island, New York)
Staten Island gem: A guide to the new Snug Harbor Cultural Center…READ MORE

The Museum of Flight (Seattle, Washington)
Museum Of Flight Names New President And CEO…READ MORE 

Heard Museum (Phoenix, Arizona)
Heard Museum receives grant from local tribe…READ MORE
Grant allows more students to visit Heard Museum…READ MORE 

Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip Brings More than a Million Students Nationwide to Plimoth Plantation on November 16, 2010…READ MORE  
Debunking Thanksgiving Myths at Plimoth Plantation…READ MORE
Plimoth Plantation: A step back in time…READ MORE