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Monday, August 29, 2011

USI History Department helps local museum gain funding

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Kathy Funke
Director, News & Information Services
The Evansville African American Museum, with support from the University of Southern Indiana, has received a $99,272 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to strengthen programs, archives, and the collections of the museum. The grant was announced in August.

A portion of the funds will be used for a project director/curator to develop a collection management and development plan. Other funds will help create programs and joint efforts to raise the awareness of the museum. "The Evansville African American Museum is excited to begin this partnership with USI to strengthen our museum through this grant," said Lana Burton, president of the museum board.

The partnership will include instruction on best practices of archival management for museum staff and board members, conducted by individuals in the USI Department of History. Four paid internships will be available in spring 2012 for USI history majors who plan careers in the museum field.

"Students in USI Museum Studies classes will participate in service-learning projects at the museum, and they will conduct outreach with local high school students on a historical geography project in connection with the museum," said Dr. Tamara Hunt, chair of the History Department.

The Evansville African American Museum, which received one of 15 awards funded, was among 41 organizations nationwide that applied for the funding.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute works in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge enhance learning and innovation and support professional development.

For further information about the internships, contact Dr. Hunt at 812/465-1202.

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