Kudos to these Affiliates on their recent accomplishments! Do you have kudos to share? Please send potential entries to Aaron Glavas, GlavasC@si.edu.
Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA) a $200,000 grant for its Rivers to the Sea Gallery. The grant will support fabrication and installation of the exhibit, which will include new tanks for new animals. The museum also received $21,305 from Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program for Rivers to the Sea conservation education, and $5,000 from Andersen Corporate Foundation to support aquatic life in the exhibit.
As part of the North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program, the Schiele Museum of Natural History (Gastonia, NC) ($111,180.63) and Cape Fear Museum of History and Science (Wilmington, NC) ($111,691.76) received funding to support expenditures from 2022 through 2025.
Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (Akron, OH) received a gift of more than $5.9 million from the estate of Drs. R. Allen and Beatrix T. Gardner to support ongoing collections care and programming within their archives and museum. In addition, the Gardners donated an extensive archival collection documenting their groundbreaking work on chimpanzee learning, including the daily logs of chimpanzee learning, images, and film footage of the chimpanzees at play, and paintings created by the chimpanzees.
A $2 million gift commitment from Michigan State University Federal Credit Union to the Michigan State University Museum (East Lansing, MI) will advance the Museum’s new CoLab Studio, which evolved from the museum’s partnership with Science Gallery International. In addition, the Museum has been awarded a grant of $24,000 from the State of Michigan Arts and Culture Council to present the exhibition Sounds of Religion and public programming that explores the myriad ways the sounds of religion permeate our daily lives.
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (Bradenton, FL) has secured a state funded grant for $718,700 to be used in the expansion of its manatee care and rehabilitation program. The funds appropriated through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will provide supplementary assets for manatee rescue and rehabilitation. Upgrades include emergency transportation, veterinary lab equipment, and renovation of a newly leased facility in Myakka City, formerly used as a sea lion conservation center.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $31.5 million in grants including these Affiliate projects:
The Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City, MI) ($8,717) for the purchase of four new flat file storage units and three flat file bases to rehouse the permanent collection of works on paper and photographs.
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (New York, NY) ($9,417) to acquire folders to rehouse YIVO’s Jewish Political and Labor Movement Archives, which consist of 900 linear feet of materials documenting the activities of the Jewish Labor Bund in Europe, as well as other labor and political movements and organizations in the United States from 1870 to 1992.
Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (Akron, OH) ($10,000) to support a 3-day onsite assessment of their facility’s mechanical systems and a subsequent report of the findings. This is the first step in enabling the Center to match the mechanical capabilities in the building with the environmental needs of its historical collections for improved long-term care.
Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA) ($10,000) for digital preservation consultation that will result in a digital
collection development policy, a digital preservation plan, and staff training in best practices for digital preservation.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle, WA) ($189,410) to host workshops for 72 K–12 educators to learn about the histories of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the Pacific Northwest.