NMIH Receives $7,500 Spark Grant from LVCF

5E8A6302NMIH Receives Spark Grant from Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

The National Museum of Industrial History recently received a Cultural Enrichment Spark Grant from Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF).  The $7,500 grant will fund the museum’s Cabinet of Curiosities program.

“Congratulations to the National Museum of Industrial History,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. “This year, we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary by asking organizations to “be the spark,” a spark of awareness, a spark of change, a spark of connection to make life better in the Lehigh Valley. We pleased to support NMIH with a Spark Grant and look forward to its implementation.”

The diverse population of South Bethlehem was created as an influx of immigrants came to work for Bethlehem Steel. This residential community of steel workers was the force behind the industry, but also the heart and soul of the distinct and yet interwoven cultural sub-districts of South Bethlehem. The Cabinet of Curiosity will be an interactive exhibit in the Museum’s Iron & Steel Gallery focusing on the individuals, families and communities drawn to South Bethlehem to work at the Bethlehem Steel plant from fifty foreign countries. Visitors will have the opportunity to open one of fifty drawers to discover a single object representative of each culture. Supported by images, text and a video element, the objects afford a lens into the lives and cultures of these groups, allowing visitors to see the diverse array of people behind the smoke and noise of large-scale industrial production.

Grants are reviewed on a competitive basis and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Governors. The Spark Grant applications involved a two-part process. The first is a written detailed proposal. Five finalists are invited to produce a video to promote their program and the issue.  Collectively, the videos garnered over 20,000 votes during a two-week period.

About the LVCF Spark Grants
The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary, by doing what it does best… making grants to community organizations that work to improve the lives of those in the Lehigh Valley. The year of grantmaking is themed “Be the Spark.”  The Community Foundation will grant $50,000 to each of six chosen issues in our community for a total of $300,000 in special grants during its anniversary year.

To learn more, please contact Bernie Story, President and CEO, at 610 351-5353 or bernie@lvcfoundation.org.

About Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
For decades, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has helped donors with their charitable contributions with a simple, powerful, and highly personalized approach. LVCF is a philanthropic hub for the Lehigh Valley—and knows and navigates the landscape of the Lehigh Valley’s community’s needs to connect people who care to causes that matter. It is our mission to improve the quality of life in our region, to encourage collaboration among area philanthropists, and to serve as a source of information and expertise regarding charitable giving. Learn more, visit
www.lvcfoundation.org

About the National Museum of Industrial History
A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, students, and veterans with valid identification; and $9 for children ages 7-17. Children 6 and under are free. More information can be found at
www.nmih.orgFor more information on NMIH please visit http://nmih.org or call 610-694- 6644.

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