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kudos Affiliates! august 2010

Such great news from Affiliateland.  Bravo to all!

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, North Carolina) received $1.5 million grant from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to support health and science exhibits, educational programs and a hands-on micro-investigation laboratory in the Nature Research Center. 

The National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program announced it had awarded a $19,000 grant to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (Mashantucket, Connecticut) to research details of the battles between colonial settlers and Pequot Indians at Fort Saybrook.  Saybrook is the earliest settlement in Connecticut, and the focal point of the Pequot War. 

The Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation announced an exciting new collaboration between Baruch College and the Rubin Museum of Art (New York, New York) with a $200,000 grant, plus a commitment to make four additional $200,000 grants over the next four years for a total of $1 million dollars. Through its diverse collection of Himalayan and cultural art, the Rubin Museum will introduce rich art teachings into Baruch College coursework meant to prepare students for careers in business, government, the non-profit sector, and the arts. 

The Center for Jewish History (New York, New York) has received a $225,000 grant from the Vivian G. Prins Foundation to support Post-Doctoral fellowships for Emigrating Scholars, who seek permanent teaching and research positions in North America.  

Two Smithsonian Affiliates were awarded funds through The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as part of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program:

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, Alabama) was awarded $129,830 for the project “Integration for Efficiency Technology Initiative” to improve its delivery of programs and services to its diverse audiences by enhancing staff capacity to effectively utilize technology.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, Ohio) was awarded $66,096 for the project “The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center/Coca-Cola Foundation Museum Science Apprenticeship Program” that will go to support one new participant in this intensive program that combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction over a two-year period with the goal of providing the expertise needed to sustain a career in the museum field. 

Six Smithsonian Affiliates were awarded funds through The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)  as part of Museums for America (MFA) grants:

Arkansas Museum of Science and History ( Little Rock, Arkansas) received $150,000 for the creation of two new exhibitions “Tornado Alley Object Theater” and “Extreme Weather Channel” designed together to educate visitors on the causes, potential effects, and safety measures of tornados–an event familiar to the region.

Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, California) was awarded $137,806 to fund the “Xploration Lab” project, which will feature two iterations of a prototyping gallery and interactive exhibition designed to provide JANM with the opportunity to actively engage its audiences in the development and evaluation of interactive elements and programmatic content created for the museum’s new permanent exhibitions, which are currently in development and are slated to open in 2011 and 2013.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (Mashantucket, Connecticut) received $144,051 for “Pequot Lives in the Early 20th Century: Exhibition and Multimedia Installation”, an exhibition consisting of a re-created Pequot reservation house from the early 1900s and a multimedia installation, “Almost Vanished,” that tells the story of the Pequot community between 1860 and 1940.

Frazier International History Museum (Louisville, Kentucky) will receive $150,000 to implement a traveling exhibition and programs on the Civil War, entitled “My Brother, My Enemy” looking at the divisions within Kentucky families and how the divided family became a metaphor for divisions in the state and across the nation.

American Textile History Museum (Lowell, Massachusetts) was awarded $116,343 to engage in a multiphase program, the Chace Project, to make its collections accessible to the broadest possible audience.

Ohr- O’Keefe Museum of Art (Biloxi, Mississippi)  was funded $133,143 to create “Art, Community, and Culture on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” an interpretive exhibition on the life and work of three significant figures who personify the museum’s mission to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Biloxi master potter George Edgar Ohr (1857–1918), Biloxi master craftsman Pleasant Reed (1854–1936), and the new museum’s renowned architect Frank Gehry (b. 1929).

kudos, Affiliates!

In these tough economic times, it’s nice to see some bright spots.

Here’s our congratulations roundup for November 2009.

The Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (Newark, NJ) received $300,000 from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for job training in environmentally-friendly construction.


The National World War II Museum (New Orleans, LA) received $25 million from the Department of Defense to expand the museum and construct the United States Freedom Pavilion, an expansion that will include an exhibit focused on the American home front during the war.


Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, MT) accepted a donation from Eleanor “Ellie” Hamilton Povah of more than 1,200 items from her family’s collection on Yellowstone history and gave a gift of $250,000 over five years to the museum, which will be used to match federal funds and cover the costs of the collection’s care, storage, cataloguing and preservation.


The Museum of Science and History (Jacksonville, FL) was awarded $304,737 through the Cultural Service Grant Program. The program is funded through the city and administered by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.


Michigan State University Museum  (East Lansing, MI) has been awarded $319,284 from IMLS to support the “Oral History in the Digital Age” project. Michigan State University Museum, will partner with the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, the American Folklore Society, and the Oral History Association to recommend standards and best practices for digital oral history.

Congratulations and good luck to the National World War II Museum (New Orleans, LA) on their $60 million expansion and grand opening, November 6-8.

Show me the money

In these tough economic times, it’s nice to see some bright spots.  
Congratulations to all these Affiliates who’ve received grants and awards recently.  Well done!

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art has been awarded a $25,800 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) to support ongoing education and exhibition programming.

The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar has received a $3,000 grant from the Preservation Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to assist with a condition assessment of historic structures on the Center’s 8.3-acre property. 

Birthplace of Country Music has received approval of $1.7 million by the Special Projects and Innovation Committee of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission for the development of the new museum.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the recipients for the Museums for America grant program including the following Affiliate organizations and their projects:

The National World War II Museum received $150,000 to help finance live performances at the museum including music and entertainment from the World War II era and modern pieces inspired by the war.

B & O Railroad Museum received $110,000 for their “Whistlestop Gateway Project” to develop an interpretive program and a regular rail link to the west end of the museum’s 40-acre campus.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center received $137,373 to develop a 4,000-square-foot immersive and interactive exhibit on space exploration from the 1970s into the future.

Michigan State University Museum received $136,323 to complete critical database and technological enhancements for its natural history and cultural collections including imaging more than 10,000 ethnographic objects to the Web.

Durham Museum was awarded $122,850 to digitize and preserve its photo archive collection, which consists of approximately 500,000 images reflecting the history of Omaha, Nebraska.

Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation’s Atomic Testing Museum was awarded $34,933 to conduct a planning project based on establishing a best practices approach to the day-to-day business of the organization that will enhance the capacity of the organization to better serve the southern Nevada cultural and educational community.

Historic Bethlehem Partnership received $57,650 to inventory, pack, and move the collections of the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Art to a new Collections Resource Center.

Heinz History Center was awarded $90,859 for the Life in Western Pennsylvania: A Digital History Resource project to address the critical need for assessment tools for planning digital history sites and measuring the impact of online resources to increase the use of archival collections.

Culture and Heritage Commission of York County received $148,875 to transform the Museum’s static natural history dioramas and exhibits into active, inquiry-based learning experiences by using real specimens and scientific investigation and to create a curriculum-based program for middle school students that meets state curriculum standards.

Wing Luke Memorial Foundation was awarded $150,000 to support Art Beyond Downtown, an initiative to engage new visitors, create opportunities for them to learn about art, culture, and history related to Asian Pacific Americans, and to encourage them to return to the museum and its neighborhood.