The program has been given a generous infusion of support for the next three years thanks to a Museums for America grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Awarded to the Telluride Historical Museum with assistance from and in partnership with Pinhead Institute, the grant was one of only 177 awarded nationally from a pool of nearly 500 applicants.
"This is great news," said Lauren Bloemsma, Telluride Historical Museum executive director. "The Telluride Unearthed program touches not only local history buffs, but also our elementary, secondary and continuing education students throughout the region."
"We're excited," said Pinhead Institute Executive Director Nana Naisbitt. "The Telluride Unearthed program is an effort to strengthen partnerships among area schools, the museum, and the library, which is one of Pinhead Institute's stated missions. By inviting scholars to Telluride to present to the adult community, introducing those same scholars into the regional classrooms, and involving the library in showcasing relevant literature, the program works to strengthen our sense of community."
On the docket for the first three Thursdays in November at the Telluride Historical Museum, from 6-8 p.m, are three lectures: "Art of the Utes: Materials of Everyday Life" on Nov. 2; "Tales of the Utes: From Creation to Displacement" on Nov. 9; and "Myths of the Utes: Stories Told Through Petroglyphs" on Nov. 16. Presenters for the series include scholars and Ute elders.
"Museums for America helps strengthen museum service in communities across the United States," writes Dr. Anne-Imelda M. Radice, the Director of IMLS, which awarded approximately $17,000,000 in grants in 2006. "Museums will use these funds to advance community partnerships; spur cultural tourism; and support classroom teachers with educational curriculum, training and much more."
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a "Nation of Learners" because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and to individual success. Through its grant making, convenings, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build 21st century skills, and increase civic participation. Visit: www.imls.gov for more information.
For more information about the Telluride Unearthed series, call Bloemsma at 728-3344 ext. 1, or Naisbitt at 728-0713.