adirondack-museum.JPGBlue Mountain Lake, N.Y. - David M. Kahn, Executive Director of the Adirondack Museum has announced that the museum has received grants from the following foundations: F.M. Kirby Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Prospect Hill Foundation, J.M. McDonald Foundation, Target: Arts & Culture Grants, Gerry Foundation, Peck Stacpoole Foundation, Peckham Family Foundation, the Leo Cox Beach Philanthropic Foundation, and the International Paper Foundation. In total, the grants add up to nearly $120,000 in supporting funds for the not-for-profit institution. The Adirondack Museum has been awarded two grants from the F.M Kirby Foundation in the amount of $27,500 and 20,000 respectively for general operating support, and for the Exhibition Master Plan process. In 2012, working with a team of nationally prominent consultants, the Adirondack Museum will develop its first museum-wide Exhibition Master Plan. This plan will result in making the visitor experience at the museum even more compelling and exciting. Updating some existing long-term exhibits with new information and perspectives, introducing additional long-term exhibits on issues of current concern, and identifying topics for dynamic changing exhibits will position the museum to better serve both current and future visitors. The Kirby Foundation grants are made to a wide range of non-profit organizations in the fields of education, health, medicine, the arts and humanities and youth organizations. Online at www.foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/kirby/interests.html. The Prospect Hill Foundation's gift of $15,000 will also be used toward the Exhibition Master Plan process. The mission of the Prospect Hill Foundation is to advance the human experience while ensuring the well-being of Earth. The Foundation makes grants in four program areas: environment, nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, reproductive health and justice and criminal justice. Online at http://www.prospect-hill.org/.  The J.M. McDonald Foundation's gift of $10,000 will be used to toward the Exhibition Master Plan as well. The foundation was founded in 1952 with the trust income to be used as donations to deserving charities. The primary interests of the foundation are: education, humanities, health, and a variety of social and human services. Online at http://www.jmmcdonaldfoundation.org/. The Gerry Foundation has also awarded the museum $10,000 toward the Exhibition Master Plan. The Gerry Foundation primarily gives to arts organizations, museums, as well as to community development and human services. The Peck Stacpoole Foundation's gift of $10,000 will be used for the Exhibition Master Plan. The Peck Stacpoole Foundation provides general operating support in New York State for arts, historical activities, historic preservation, libraries and museums. The Peckham Family Foundation gift of $1,000 will also be used for the Exhibition Master Plan. The Foundation focuses its charitable efforts on programs designed to enhance the quality of life in the community including educational, arts and civic organizations. Online at http://www.peckham.com/. The Leo Cox Beach Philanthropic Foundation has awarded the museum $11,000 toward a project to provide online access to the library's catalog. The museum's library houses, preserves, and makes accessible to the public an unparalleled collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera that documents Adirondack history. Currently, Machine Readable Cataloging records exist for about one-third of the library's cataloged materials making those 4,205 records available online. The museum now plans to create digital records for approximately 8,000 additional items, to make the entire collection accessible to researchers worldwide. The Leo Cox Beach Foundation is a private family foundation that provides a web of support to local institutions - cultural, medical and educational - that enrich and enhance life in the Glens Falls, N.Y. area. Target: Arts and Culture Grants have provided the museum with a gift of $2,000 to be used for K-12 educational programs. Online at www.corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/education. The International Paper Foundation's grant of $3,500 will be used to cover the costs of a new brochure marketing the Adirondack Museum's educational programs for schools.  The International Paper Foundation supports non-profit organizations in the communities where our employees live and work. The Foundation's primary focus is on environmental education and literacy. For additional information about the IP Foundation, please visit http://www.ipgiving.com/. The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust has awarded the museum $10,000 to be used toward the museum's new audio tour. The mission of the Memorial Trust is to make grants within specific focus areas to enhance the quality of life in many geographic areas. Historically the Memorial Trust has made grants in the following program areas: arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, historic preservation and journalism. Online at http://www.johnbensnow.com/ "The Adirondack Museum is thankful for the generosity of the F.M. Kirby Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Prospect Hill Foundation, J.M. McDonald Foundation, Target: Arts & Culture Grants, Gerry Foundation, Peck Stacpoole Foundation, Peckham Family Foundation, the Leo Cox Beach Philanthropic Foundation, and the International Paper Foundation for their support of the Adirondack Museum" said David M. Kahn, Executive Director, Adirondack Museum. The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 22 exhibits on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks.  The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For additional information, visit http://www.adirondackmuseum.org/ or call (518) 352-7311.

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