$350,000 Mellon Foundation Grant Supports New Graduate Program Partnership Between MNHS and University of Minnesota

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Release dated: 
March 27, 2018
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$350,000 Mellon Foundation Grant Supports New Graduate Program Partnership Between MNHS and University of Minnesota

The Heritage Studies and Public History graduate program (HSPH) at the University of Minnesota recently received a $350,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Over two years, this grant will support HSPH students and their collaborative work with community partners. 

“This funding from the Mellon Foundation allows us to engage students with project work that will not only build the students’ skills, but also shape the future of the heritage studies and public history fields,” says Chris Taylor, co-founder of the graduate program and chief inclusion officer at the Minnesota Historical Society. 

The HSPH interdisciplinary program was created by Taylor, Greg Donofrio, associate professor at the College of Design, and College of Liberal Arts professors Kevin P. Murphy and Katherine Hayes to address issues of diversity in education and professional development in the heritage studies and public history fields. The program is a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and University of Minnesota and began its first classes in fall 2017. 

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.
 
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