Congrats to these Affiliates on their recent accomplishments.
Pennsylvania’s Northampton County Council awarded more than $480,000 in grants raised from hotel room taxes to a variety of organizations, including the National Canal Museum, Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, and the National Museum of Industrial History to promote tourism, historical sites and cultural events in the region.
The state of Connecticut has announced that Mystic Seaport will receive $2 million in state funding to assist with the construction of a new exhibition building. The $11.5 million Thompson Exhibition Building will house a state-of-the-art 5,000-square-foot gallery that will allow it to attract traveling exhibits and display more of its own collection.
South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), in partnership with the town of Framingham, Framingham State
University and several other local organizations, received $125,000 to create a microlending program and a resource center for low and moderate-income residents looking to open their own business.
The Museum of Work and Culture, part of the Rhode Island Historical Society in Woonsocket, was among recipients of State Preservation Grants announced recently, and received $20,000.
Sam Black, curator at the Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA) was profiled in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the most noted contemporary scholars of African American history.
You Should Know: Samuel W. Black
Congrats to these Affiliates on their recent accomplishments.
MassBay Community College and Framingham State University (Framingham, MA) have received a $5,000 grant from the Sudbury Capital Grant Fund for the new MetroWest College Planning Center. The center has been set up to improve college readiness, participation, and completion among underserved student populations and nontraditional adult learners in the region.
The National Civil War Museum (Harrisburg, PA) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the NRA Foundation. The funds will be used to construct a new exhibit recognizing firearm manufacturers of the Civil War era that are still in operation today as well as highlighting gun safety programs and firearm education and training offered through the NRA.
Awards and Recognition
Jose Santamaria, Executive Director of the Tellus Science Museum (Cartersville, GA), was recognized with one of the most prestigious awards – Museum Professional of the Year – during the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, for his service to the museum industry.
Leadership and Staff Changes
The Board of the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City, MO) announced that Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner has been named executive director of the museum.
The board of directors of Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (Fishers, IN) announced the hiring of Norman O. Burns II as President and CEO. Burns succeeds Ellen M. Rosenthal, who retired from the museumâ€™s top position on January 4 after 12 years at the helm.
Affiliates end the summer with great news from the National Endowment for the Humanities and impressive accomplishments all around. Â Bravo!
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $36.6 million in grants for 212 humanities projects including the following Affiliate awarded initiatives:
- Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ ($60,445)
Project Title: American Indian Boarding Schools: History and Legacy, Transition in American Indian Boarding Schools Project
Description: Planning for the reinterpretation and expansion of a permanent exhibition, two traveling exhibitions, and a catalog that would examine the experience of Native American youth in boarding and tribal schools from the nineteenth century to the present.
- Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CTÂ ($168,134)
Project Title: The American Maritime Commons Project
Description: A five-week institute for twenty college and university faculty on America’s maritime history.
- Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS ($253,293)
Project Title: Mississippi Digital Newspaper Project, Phase Two
- Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH ($179,406)
Project Title: Demon Times: Temperance, Immigration, and Progressivism Project
Description: Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers on temperance and immigration in the Progressive Era.
- Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WAÂ ($180,000)
Project Title: From Immigrants to Citizens: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest Project Description: Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers to explore the histories and cultures of Asian immigrants in the Pacific Northwest and their significance to the nation.
- Center for Jewish History, New York, NYÂ ($40,000)
Project title: Optimization of the Preservation Environment
Description: For preservation, collections and building management stakeholders to work collaboratively to achieve the best possible preservation environment, with the least possible energy consumption, that is both sustainable and appropriate to the particular collections that reside within the Centerâ€™s walls.
- Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell, MA Â (UMass Lowell + National Park Service)Â ($161,988)
Project Title: Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution Project
Description: Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers on theÂ textile industry in Lowell, Massachusetts, as a case study of early nineteenth-century industrialization.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced that the organization will be awarding a $7,120 grant to the Museum of AppalachiaÂ (Clinton, TN), to aid with the Peterâ€™s Homestead Roof Preservation and Restoration Project on an early 1800’s rare saddle bag style log house in Appalachian Pioneer Village.
The Boeing Company and Mrs. June Boeing, wife of the late William E. Boeing, Jr., announced a philanthropic partnership, each contributing $15 million to significantly expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education offered through The Museum of FlightÂ (Seattle, WA). These investments will launch the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning, a vigorous, new STEM-focused education initiative that aims to double the number of students served by the Museumâ€™s immersive programs over the next two years, particularly from communities underrepresented in STEM fields, and connect them to fulfilling, in-demand jobs.
Ultimaker, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of 3D printers, based in the Netherlands, recently gifted nine new 3D printers valued at nearly $21,000, to the Maker Studio at Union Station Kansas City‘s Science Center, Science City (Kansas City, MO). The donation will allow better support of STEAM education during walk-up workshops and demos, school field trips, professional development programs for teachers, and special events.
The South Dakota State Historical SocietyÂ (Pierre, SD) has received a $25,000 challenge grant from Pierre philanthropist Mansour Karim to fund an event for the Great Sioux Horse Effigy Return Celebration scheduled for October 10-12, 2015.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical GardenÂ (Staten Island, NY) is one of several Staten Island cultural organizations to receive a share of almost $1.8 million for various infrastructure projects by the city.
Virgin America announced an education-themed partnership with the Frontiers of Flight MuseumÂ (Dallas, TX). As part of the partnership, the Burlingame, California-based airline will provide scholarships for students enrolled in the organizationâ€™s Flight School and other educational programs.
ACHIEVEMENTS and RECOGNITIONÂ
Lynn Kelly, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical GardenÂ (Staten Island, NY), has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
The American Jazz MuseumÂ (Kansas City, MO) announced the appointment of Ralph Reid as interim CEO. Reid retired this year from Sprint, where he was a Vice President and President of the Sprint Foundation.
Congrats to these Affiliates on their recent accomplishments!
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has given the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, WI) a $39,500 grant for their first annual submarine festival, Sub Fest. The festival will be July 10-12.Â During the festival, visitors will see a Naval Art Collection, film showings, and interactive exhibits. Sub Fest was created to celebrate the communityâ€™s ship building history and educate others about the areaâ€™s lasting legacy.
Union Station Kansas City Inc. (Kansas City, MO) announced a $360,000 gift from the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation toward a $7.5 million expansion and improvement project. The initiative aims to modernize the streetscape around the station, add a bridge to connect cars and pedestrians to a parking garage and expand the Science City attraction inside Union Station.
The National Park Service announced the recipients of the National Maritime Heritage Grants including the following Affiliates:
– Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT)Â The Seaport received $199,806 to restore the 1908 steamboat Sabino, one of two surviving excursion steamers in the US and the only one on the East Coast.
– USS Constitution Museum (Boston, MA)Â The Museum received $50,000 to create a multi-media experience to welcome and introduce audiences to the history and significance of the USS Constitution.
– Oklahoma Historical Society (Oklahoma City, OK)Â The Society received $25,000 for the Discovery and Excavation of the Steamboat Heroine, an exhibit and education program on western steamboat travel and the history, discovery, and excavation of a western river steamboat.
The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded their Art Works and State and Regional Partnerships grant awards to the following Affiliate projects:
– Michigan State University Museum (East Lansing, MI) received $30,000 to support the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeships and Heritage Awards Program.Â The Arts Apprenticeship Program will support master artists in their instruction of apprentices in various traditional arts. The Heritage Awards Program will provide public recognition of the master artists and demonstrations/performances by the artist and apprentice teams at the Great Lakes Folk Festival.Â A gallery in the MSU Museum and a website will provide information about the artists and traditions celebrated and perpetuated through these programs.
– American Jazz Museum (Kansas City, MO) received $20,000 to support the 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival. The one-day indoor and outdoor festival will feature ticketed performances by jazz and blues artists on multiple stages. Musical offerings are supplemented by educational programming including jazz storytelling, a workshop, and lectures. Additional accompanying project activities may include performance opportunities for local youth jazz ensembles and a public master class with the festival’s artist-in-residence.
– Children’s Museum of the Upstate (Greenville, SC) received $15,000 to support a residency by Japanese anime artist Makoto Shinkai to coincide with the museum’s hosting of the exhibition Hello from Japan. The residency activities will include students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and will incorporate art-making workshops, lectures, and an anime film festival. The residency and the exhibition, organized by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, will promote education about Japan’s anime tradition through direct engagement and learning.
The Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs, NM) will present two touch screen interactive exhibits thanks to a $7,500 Hubbard Foundation grant. The award will be used to enhance the wagon exhibits and offer more detailed information to visitors.
ACHIEVEMENTS and RECOGNITION
Dr. Dennis A. Casey, educator at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (Martinsville, VA) was elected District VIII Director of the National Science Teachers Association.
The State of Connecticut named Mystic Seaport (Mystic,Â CT) President Steve White the 2015 Tourism Leader of the Year. The award honors an individual who has made a singular contribution to the advancement of the tourism industry in Connecticut.
Kate Vengrove has been named interim director of Hunt Hill Farm Trust (New Milford, CT).
Amy Hollander has been named the new executive director at the National Museum of Industrial History (Bethlehem, PA).
Great news from Affiliateland!Â Bravo to all!
The National Civil War Museum (Harrisburg, PA) received a $5,000 donation from the Hall Foundation to support educational programming. The Hall Foundation is the title sponsor of the new exhibit “In the Hands of the Enemy: The Captivity, Exchange & Parole of Prisoners of War,” that highlights the brutal conditions of prisoner of war camps, Confederate and Union. The exhibit will have rare artifacts from the National Civil War Museum’s collection on display, and information panels will address and explain the conditions of the camps and daily prisoner life.
The Hawai`i State Legislature approved $500,000 in State Grant-in-Aid funding toward the new Island Heritage Gallery exhibit at the Lyman MuseumÂ (Hilo, HI).Â The new exhibit will explore a historical timeline of the many people, cultures, events, and ideas that left their mark on Hawai`i Island and contributed to the rich, diverse mosaic of modern Hawai`i.
The Hall Family Foundation has donated $4 million to help fund capital improvement projects at Union Station Kansas CityÂ (Kansas City, MO). The funding will be used to make improvements to Science City as well as the development of a pedestrian bridge and a new lower-level entrance.
Two Affiliates recently received Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS):
– Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (Baltimore, MD) Award Amount: $69,674
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture will hire a curatorial graduate student intern, create a postdoctoral fellowship in African American history, and establish a professional development fund that will allow staff at all levels to take advantage of training programs relevant to their work as museum professionals.
– American Jazz Museum (Kansas City, MO) Award Amount: $133,050
The American Jazz Museum will hire a registrar to enhance the accessibility of the museumâ€™s collections and create four semester-long paid internship positions focusing on collections and education.
The Ellen NoÃ«l Art Museum (Odessa, TX) received a grant from the Junior League of Odessa for the â€œLittle Free Libraryâ€, a decorative receptacle and will be filled with books for children and young adults to â€œtake a book, leave a book.â€ Â In addition, the Ellen Noel Art Museum has received a $20,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts for their innovative research in the 3D printing lab meant to assist the visually impaired.
GAR Foundation distributed awards to teams of Ohio educators through its annual Educator Initiative Grant program. The awards support teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects and methods that demonstrate gains in student achievement and include the following affiliates:
- National Inventors Hall of Fame (Akron, OH) STEM Middle School, $9,500, for â€œSTEM E5d.â€
- Akron Public Schools, National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School, $4,999, for â€œSurvivability of an Impossible Situation.â€
- Western Reserve Historical SocietyÂ (Cleveland, OH) $10,000 for Hale Farm & Villageâ€™s Adopt-a-School Program at Leggett Elementary.
- Western Reserve Historical Society, $5,000 for Hale Farm & Villageâ€™s Wetmore Barn Preservation.
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, MA) announced that the Massachusetts budget for 2015 includes $2 million funding for the restoration of Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship that brought the Pilgrims to Massachusetts.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) received a $50,000 award from John S. and James L. Knight FoundationÂ to enhance two current art exhibits: the photography of “Distant Echoes: Black Farmers in America,” and the sculpture of “Syd Carpenter: More Places of Our Own.” The Knight-supported programming, dubbed “Beyond Sustenance,” will encompass interactive storytelling, art-making, community dining, and workshops centered on African-American traditions in farming, cooking and more.
Mystic Seaport and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research CenterÂ (Mystic, Mashantucket, CT) received aÂ $30,095 grant from Connecticut Humanities to support a project called Connecticut Indian Whalers: Work, Community, and Life at Sea.Â The projectÂ features digital, exhibit and program offerings designed to raise school and public awareness about the men of color from Connecticut who labored on 19th century whaling ships, in particular Native American men whose work experience was strongly intertwined with their social and kinship networks.
Staten Island City CouncilÂ allocated $3.7 million to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden for building renovations.
ACHIEVEMENTS & RECOGNITION
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that North Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesÂ (Raleigh, NC) was one of 10 recipients of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nationâ€™s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.
Charlene Donchez Mowers, executive director of Historic Bethlehem Museums and SitesÂ (Bethlehem, PA), received the Strategic Partner Award from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.Â Historic Bethlehem has recently been designated a National Historic Landmark site.
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announced the winners of the 69th annual Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. Below are the Affiliate recipients for the 2014 Awards:
- History Colorado (Denver, CO) for the exhibition Living West
- Kentucky Historical SocietyÂ (Frankfort, KY) for theÂ HistoryMobile exhibit Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era
- Stearns History Museum (St. Cloud, MN) forÂ John W. Decker and hisÂ years of exceptional service and dedication
- North Carolina Museum of HistoryÂ (Raleigh, NC) for the exhibitionÂ Watergate: Political Scandal and the Presidency
- Ohio History Connection (Columbus, OH)Â for the Ohio Village Time Share Program
- Senator John Heinz History CenterÂ (Pittsburgh, PA) forÂ The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience publication
- U.S.Â Army Heritage and Education CenterÂ (Carlisle, PA) for the exhibitionÂ A Great Civil War: Battles that Defined a Nation, 1863
- TheÂ Civil War Museum (Kenosha, WI) forÂ the multimedia experience Seeing the Elephant
Conner Prairie (Fishers, IN) has been chosen by FlipKey Vacation Rental as one of its â€œTop Family Attractions Worth Traveling For.â€
The Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point state park (Pioneer, LA)Â have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This prestigious designation is a global recognition of the siteâ€™s outstanding universal value.
PA Museums announced that the Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA) received the President’s Award for its national award-winning exhibit From Slavery to Freedom.
The Board of the Western Reserve Historical Society announced that Kelly Falcone-Hall has been selected to be the new CEO. Falcone-Hall had been serving as interim CEO during the selection process.
In 45 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama, there are over 200 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations all working together to preserve our heritage, expand knowledge, and inspire learning.