For immediate release December 24, 2008
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced it has received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS).
The grant will support the State Historical Museum’s educational theater program, History Through the Arts, which extends Iowa students’ learning experiences beyond the classroom. The grant will enable 1,250 students to attend the program for free or as many as 5,000 students at a reduced cost. Final numbers will be determined in conjunction with participating schools.
“The State Historical Society not only preserves artifacts, documents and other items that tell the history of Iowa, it also helps educate Iowans and others about our past,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “We are very grateful to The UPS Foundation for its generous support and commitment to education.”
Now in its fifth season, History Through the Arts has served more than 25,000 Iowa students, including about 12,000 students this season. The program brings history to life on stage and offers additional educational opportunities through interactive workshops and guided museum tours.
Upcoming presentations will focus on the history of the mammoth in Iowa; George Washington Carver’s life and legacy; and three landmark civil rights cases in Iowa. Previous presentations this season featured ancient archaeology in Iowa and the story of Kate Shelly.
The UPS Foundation, established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2007, The UPS Foundation distributed $46.4 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the State Historical Society of Iowa and provide support for building stronger communities.
“UPS has a long-standing commitment to making communities all over the world better by supporting organizations and engaging over 400,000 employees in community service worldwide,” said Lisa Hamilton, president of The UPS Foundation. “Together with nonprofit partners such as the State Historical Society of Iowa, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need.”
The Western Historic Trails Center is operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. SHSI, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Please visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.