Historical Museum at St. Gertrude Earns Grants for Improvements
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude is fortunate to have received several grants in recent months. These monies will help with a variety of initiatives, from providing travel stipends for fourth-grade school field trips to supplying new mannequins, exhibit cases and rug supports. We are, as always, very grateful for support that allows us to preserve and improve our collection, and offer our profound thanks to the following organizations:
Wells Fargo Foundation -- $1,000
The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded the museum $1,000 for general operating costs. The funding will be used for a museum-quality mannequin to use in exhibits.
The DeVlieg Foundation -- $1,000
The DeVlieg Foundation of Detroit has awarded the museum $1,000 for general operating costs. The funding will be used for a museum-quality mannequin to use in exhibits.
Idaho Community Foundation -- $3,400
The Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) awarded the museum a grant for $3,400 to provide a travel stipend for area fourth-grade students to visit the museum during 2006-2007. With field trip budgets reduced around the region, local school districts have had to cut back on trips to the museum. This grant will enable the museum to provide partial financial incentives for fourth-grade Idaho history classes to visit. The ICF serves as the fund coordinator, but the source of the grant is the J. A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation Fund.
Foundation Northwest -- $5,000
Foundation Northwest of Spokane has awarded the museum $5,000 to construct two rug supports for carpets that are housed in the Rhoades Emmanuel Memorial gallery. Each carpet is about 9’x12’. One is a Persian carpet dating from the 1890s; the other is a carpet made in China in the 1850s.
Lewis & Clark Trail Museum Initiative -- $15,000
The museum has received another $15,000 grant from the Idaho Governor’s Lewis & Clark Trail Museum Initiative. The grant will be used to replace old, out-dated exhibit cases with two eight-foot double-sided, lighted exhibit cases to be constructed by Arnzen Construction of Cottonwood. Each case will have lockable tempered-glass sliding doors, adjustable shelving and storage. The new exhibit cases enhance proper display of the artifacts, while providing better security and use of floor space within the museum.