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FY2004 Museum Capital Grant Awards
Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $435,000
Universe Theater Renovation - The project involves major renovation of the planetarium's Universe Theater including design, construction, and finishing components.
(Contact Person: Margaret Marek, 312-322-0599)
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago - $579,000
Capital Expansion: Renzo Piano Building - Grant funds will be used towards costs associated with construction documents for the new four-level glass, steel and limestone building overlooking Millenium Park. (Contact Person: Karin Victoria, 312-443-4784)
Bird Haven Greenhouse - Joliet - $448,000
Greenhouse Rehabilitation Final Phase - This project consists of improving the air circulation, wheelchair accessibility, security, and plant protection during winter power outages as well as measures to enhance the visitor experience. (Contact Person: Debbie Greene, 815-741-7277)
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield - $579,000
Electrical Infrastructure Improvements - This project involves the installation of a gas generator which will provide additional power capacity required by the zoo and additional chilled water capacity to the Seven Seas pinniped facility, the venue for the zoo's dolphin presentations. (Contact Person: Nancy Watson, 708-485-0263 x696)
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford - $85,000
Environmental Learning Center Construction - This project involves the renovation of the upper floor of the Burpee Boat House into a new environmental classroom and community meeting center. (Contact Person: Lew Crampton, 815-965-3433)
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe - $579,000
The Esplanade - Grant funding will assist with construction costs associated with the infrastructure and hardscape for several gardens that will be part of the Esplanade, giving visitors their first impression of the Botanic Garden. (Contact Person: William Brown, 847-835-8355)
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago - $350,000
"El" Car Stabilization - Grant funds will be used toward steel beam reinforcement and architectural preparation to place Chicago's first "El" Car on exhibit. (Contact Person: Robert Nauert, 312-799-2220)
Children's Discovery Museum - Normal - $175,000
Discover this .. Phase 4 - Grant funding will be used toward the completion of the AgVenture gallery in the new museum. (Contact Person: Shari Buckellew, 309-433-3444)
Collinsville Historical Museum - Collinsville - $488,200
New Museum Building - This project involves the construction of a new two-story structure with 4,800 square feet of public and museum use space. (Contact Person: Floyd Sperino, 618-344-1112)
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $122,000
Exhibits Capital Improvement Program - This project involves the development and fabrication of an all new 1,500 square foot exhibit space known as "Tot Spot" geared toward pre-school children and their caregivers. (Contact Person: Sarah Wolf, 815-963-6769)
Early American Museum - Mahomet - $186,400
Museum Improvement Project - This project includes major renovation to the Museum Annex Building, which will provide educational material storage, an exhibit construction area, and community meeting space. (Contact Person: Cheryl Kennedy, 217-586-2612)
Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area Historic District - Deerfield - $80,000
Interior Renovation Planning - This project involves the planning phase for interior renovation work to the historic Brushwood Home to produce a facility that better reflects its historic use. (Contact Person: Nan Buckardt, 847-968-3330)
Field Museum (of Natural History) - Chicago - $579,000
Development and Renovation of the "Halls of Life Over Time"and the Northeast Lightwell, Phase I - Grant funding will be used for new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems associated with development and renovation to provide additional exhibition, collections care, and research space. (Contact Person: Deborah Bekken, 312-665-7807)
Garfield Park Conservatory - Chicago - $390,000
Sweet House Restoration and Exhibit Installation - Grant funding will be used toward the construction of the re-designed Sweet House in Garfield Park, including significant upgrades to its mechanical and electrical systems. (Contact Person: Kristen Ciokajlo, 773-638-1766 x 22)
Glen Oak Zoo - Peoria - $207,500
Capital Expansion- Phase II - Grant funding will support construction elements in the zoo's African exhibit treetop classroom, boardwalk, and interpretive center. (Contact Person: Rebecca Swiger, 309-686-3386)
Isle a la Cache Museum - Romeoville - $120,000
Exhibition Construction - This project involves the re-design and construction of new exhibits and lifesize dioramas emphasizing contemporary Native American culture. (Contact Person: Jim Nachel, 815-722-5892)
Klehm Arboretum - Rockford - $43,000
The "William & Meriwether" Potting Shed and Exploration Exhibit - This project involves the construction of a potting shed, as an extension of the demonstration gardens, at the entrance of the arboretum's youth program gardening area. (Contact Person: Steve Courtney, 815-965-8146)
Kohl Children's Museum - Glenview - $200,000
Construction Phase for New Building - The grant will help fund construction costs associated with a new, larger museum to be located in Glenview. (Contact Person: Shana Hayes, 847-512-1335)
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria - $400,000
New Museum Development/Construction - Phase II - Grant funds will help cover costs associated with demolition of the building currently on the site where the new museum facility is to be built. (Contact Person: Kate Schureman, 309-686-7000 x111)
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - $579,000
Pritzker Family Children's Zoo - Grant funds will be used for costs associated with the total replacement of the old Children's Zoo with a new state-of-the art facility. (Contact Person: Troy Baresel, 312-742-2167)
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum - Chicago - $355,000
Facility Improvements - This project involves infrastructure improvements to the museum's Courtyard Gallery. (Contact Person: Elena Gonzales, 312-738-1503 x165)
Midway Village and Museum Center - Rockford - $154,200
Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage - This projects involves the restoration and rehabilitation of a 1905 barn including changes to the second floor to meet load requirements, the addition of utilities, and changes necessary to address public accessibility and safety issues for this new Education Center. (Contact Person: David Byrnes, 815-397-9112 x 103)
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago - $579,000
The New U-505 Experience, Phase III; West Pavilion HVAC; Stairwell Access and Security Improvements - Grant funding will assist with stairwell access and security improvements; HVAC replacement and improvements; and the final stages in the completion of the museum's U-505 submarine exhibit. (Contact Person: Marva Anderson, 773-947-3732)
Niabi Zoo - Coal Valley - $429,000
Asian Exhibit Development - This project involves the construction of the Gibbon Exhibit portion of the new Asian Exhibit at the zoo. (Contact Person: Thomas Stalf, 309-799-5108)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago - $150,000
New Auditorium - This project includes restoration of the auditorium to better serve student and teacher constituencies. (Contact Person: Kim Swinton, 773-755-5140)
Prairie Grass Nature Museum - Round Lake - $59,000
Wetland Walk - This project involves the construction and fabrication of a permanent interior wetland exhibit within the existing nature museum. (Contact Person: Peggy Dohr, 847-546-8558)
Shedd Aquarium - Chicago - $579,000
Exhibit Galleries Renovation, Education Center Renovation, and Infrastructure Improvements - This project includes the renovation of several exhibit galleries, the Shedd Education Center, and infrastructure improvements to provide more energy efficient systems. (Contact Person: Madelyn Thompson, 312-692-3152)
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - Rockford - $67,525
Visitor Center Entrance and Site Work - This project involves site work including accessibility improvments around the Tinker Barn in order to finalize the newly constructed visitor center. (Contact Person: Laura Bachelder, 815-964-2424)
Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $1,055,000
Revolution in the Sky Exhibit -
This project involves the design and fabrication of the exhibit.
(Contact: Margaret Marek, 312-322-0599)
Anita Purves Nature Center - Urbana - $250,000
Busey Woods Strategic Plan - Phase I -
This project involves the site preparation, excavation, and grading for the installation of a boardwalk.
Contact: Ellen Kirsanoff, 217-367-1536)
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago - $2,900,000
Capital Expansion Project -
The project includes the design/development phase and construction documents for the museum's new addition. (Contact: Karin Victoria, 312-443-3519)
Bird Haven Greenhouse - Joliet - $350,000
Historic Greenhouse Renovation Phase II -
This project involves the rehabilitation of one of the conservatory's three greenhouses.
(Contact: Kevin Eberhard, 815-741-7275)
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield - $2,500,000
Immersion Learning Center - This project involves the first of two phases of construction of a new facility.
(Contact: Nancy Watson, 708-485-0263
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford - $900,000
The Story of Jane Exhibit -
This project is to erect an exhibit of a recently discovered dinosaur.
(Contact: Lew Crampton, 815-965-3433)
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe - $2,900,000
Capital Improvements: Providing a Quality Visitor Experience -
This project involves the construction of a one-mile long series of earthen berms, garden wall, and associated landscaping to mitigate traffic noise from nearby highways.
(Contact: Barbara Whitney-Carr, 847-835-8225)
Chicago Children's Museum - Chicago - $750,000
Museum Renovation - Phase I -
The project involves major renovation and construction of exhibits and public spaces.
(Contact: Stacia Whitmore, 312-464-7717)
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago - $700,000
Chicago History Exhibition -
This project is a new permanent exhibition on Chicago history.
(Contact: Robert Nauert, 312-799-2220)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Chicago - $425,000
Restoration and Space Modifications in the Symphony Center -
The project includes exterior building repairs to the façade of Orchestra Hall, first floor renovations, and addition of a main door.
(Contact: Claudia Divis, 312-294-3121)
Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois - Bloomington - $400,000
Exhibit Components - Phase III of the New Museum Building -
This phase of the project encompasses the design, fabrication and build out costs related to the cornerstone exhibits in each gallery. (Contact: Shari Buckellew, 309-829-6222)
Des Plaines Historical Museum - Des Plaines - $16,500
HVAC System -
The project is for the installation of a new climate control system for the museum building.
(Contact: Joy Matthiessen, 847-391-5399)
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $200,000
Exhibits Capital Improvement Program -
This project is to refurbish gallery space and to install a major new exhibit.
(Contact: Sarah Wolf, 815-963-6769)
DuPage Children's Museum - Naperville - $500,000
Exhibit Components of the New Museum Building -
This project is for the final exhibit buildout in the existing building. (Contact: Susan Broad, 630-637-8000
DuSable Museum of African American History - Chicago -$150,000
Exhibit Upgrades -
The project includes revising and upgrading several current permanent exhibitions. (Contact: Antoinette Wright, 773-947-0600 x249)
Ellwood House Museum - DeKalb - $100,000
Interior Restoration - Phase II -
This project includes the restoration of the major rooms on the first and second floor of the mansion. (Contact: Gerald Brauer, 815-756-4609)
Exploration Station - Bourbonnais - $50,000
Water/Air/Sound/Bubbles Exhibit -
This project involves the expansion of the exhibit. (Contact: Christine Stutz, 815-935-5665)
Field Museum (of Natural History) - Chicago - $3,500,000
Collections Resource Center - Phase I -
This project includes the first phase of design and construction of a Collections Resource Center. (Contact: Deborah Bekken, 312-665-7807)
Galena History Museum - Galena - $64,900
Old Blacksmith Shop Renovation -
The project is for structural renovations and a climate control system for the museum's blacksmith shop.(Contact: Daryl Watson, 815-777-9129)
Garfield Park Conservatory - Chicago - $500,000
Palm House Roof Restoration -
This project includes designing and building the new roof and its corresponding system. (Contact: Andrea Adams, 312-742-4332)
Glen Oak Zoo - Peoria - $500,000
Capital Expansion Phase I-A -
This project includes a portion of the architectural and engineering design fees for the zoo expansion. (Contact: Janice Schweitzer, 309-686-3365 x204)
The Grove - Glenview - $312,000
Archives and Classrooms Expansion -
The project involves realignment of the program and visitation areas and construction of an Archive Education Center. (Contact: Steve Swanson, 847-299-6096)
Health World (of Barrington) - Barrington - $200,000
"US N STUFF" Exhibits Expansion -
This project involves the permanent installation of exhibits in the "US N STUFF" exhibition area. (Contact: Kim Zylke, 847-842-0097)
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center - Olympia Fields - $200,000
Discovery Center Construction -
This project includes the conversion of the current "Stable" multi-purpose facility into a natural history Discovery Center. (Contact: Dave Guritz, 708-481-2330)
Itasca Depot Museum - Itasca - $5,200
Climate Control for Storage Spaces -
This project includes the installation of a new climate control system. (Contact: Joan Stinton, 630-773-2257)
Kendall County Natural History Center - Yorkville - $31,000
Prairie Learning Stations -
The project includes the installation of an exhibit depicting the importance of Illinois prairies. (Contact: Danielle Ebersole, 630-553-4111)
Klehm Arboretum - Rockford - $205,000
Education Facilities Expansion -
The project includes the addition of a classroom and a greenhouse in the Education Building. (Contact: Steve Courtney, 815-965-8146)
Lake County Discovery Museum - Wauconda - $250,000
Bonner Heritage Farm - Permanent Exhibits -
This project includes the design and installation of the permanent exhibits for the Bonner Farm restoration.Contact: Joyce Lingenfelter, 847-968-3422)
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria - $1,300,000
New Museum Development/Construction - Phase I -
This phase of the project includes developing plans and schematics for the new museum building. (Contact: Kate Schureman, 309-686-7000 x111)
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center - Springfield - $75,000
Exhibits Renovation and Construction -
This project will include renovation, replacement, and construction of new exhibits in the Nature Center. (Contact: Jim Matheis, 217-529-1111)
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - $2,900,000
Regenstein Center for African Apes -
This project includes design and construction elements of a new exhibition area for African apes. (Contact: Troy Baresel, 312-742-2095)
Lombard Historical Museum - Lombard - $6,000
Facility Improvements -
This project includes infrastructure improvements for the museum and the Carriage House. (Contact: Joel Van Haaften, 630-629-1885)
Madison County Historical Museum - Godfrey - $200,000
Museum Restoration -
This project includes infrastructure improvements for the restoration of the main museum facility, the Weir House. (Contact: Suzanne Dietrich, 618-656-7562)
McLean County Historical Museum - Bloomington - $500,000
Dome Restoration and Renovations -
This project involves the restoration of the dome and roof of the museum located at the old McLean County Courthouse. (Contact: Greg Koos, 309-827-0428)
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum - Chicago - $525,000
Facility Improvements - This project includes facility and exhibit renovations. (Contact: Edward Herrerias, 312-738-1503 x147)
Midway Village and Museum Center - Rockford - $250,000
Preserving Our Agricultural Heritage - Historic Barn Restoration - T
his project includes the restoration of a ca.1850 barn to serve as an historical exhibit. (Contact: David Byrnes, 815-397-9112 x 103)
Miller Park Zoo - Bloomington - $290,000
Tropical American Rain Forest - Phase II -
This project includes the design and construction of the interior features of the exhibit. (Contact: John Tobias, 309-434-2825)
Morton Arboretum - Lisle - $1,000,000
Visitor Center -
This project includes the first phase of design and construction of a new Visitor Center. (Contact: Joan Sunseri, 630-719-2449)
Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago - $520,000
Museum Satellite Facility -
This renovation project includes infrastructure improvements to the museum's recently acquired satellite facility at 1747 West Hubbard Street. (Contact: Greg Cameron, 312-397-3801)
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago - $3,500,000
Restoration and Relocation of U-505 Submarine -
The project involves the design and construction of a new underground, temperature controlled enclosure to house the submarine. (Contact: Marva Anderson, 773-684-9844 x 3707)
Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum - Rantoul - $250,000
Structural Repairs and Collection Space Renovation -
This project includes renovations to the current climate control to mprove the museum's library, archival storage, and display areas. (Contact: James Snyder, 217-893-1616)
Peck Farm Park - Geneva - $100,000
Natural Classrooms Exhibits -
This project includes the construction of a butterfly house and an interpretive/sensory garden area. (Contact: Michael Kirschman, 630-262-8244)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago - $600,000
"The Greening of the Nature Museum: Inside and Out" -
This project includes the development and installation of a new permanent exhibit on Midwestern wetlands.(Contact: Kim Swinton, 773-755-5140)
Quincy Art Center - Quincy - $225,000
Building & Grounds Visitor Welcoming Improvements Program -
This is the second phase of a major capital project to improve visitor safety and accessibility. (Contact: Julie Nelson, 217-223-5900)
Raupp Memorial Museum - Buffalo Grove - $250,700
Spirit in the Land/Buffalo Grove Then and Now Exhibit-
This project includes the construction and installation of new permanent exhibits for the new gallery. (Contact: Deborah Fandrei, 847-850-2144)
Red Oak Nature Center - Aurora - $38,500
Watchable Wildlife on the Fox River - Interpretive Deck -
This project involves the construction of a new interpretive deck overlooking the Fox River.
(Contact: James Kenney, 630-897-1808)
SciTech - Aurora - $275,000
New Exhibits and Building Renovations - Phase IV -
This project includes the design and development of permanent science exhibitions in the Center of Excellence area. (Contact: Jo Grau, 630-859-3434
Scovill Zoo - Decatur - $55,000
Education Facility Renovation -
This project includes interior and exterior renovations to an existing structure for additional classroom space. (Contact: Mike Borders, 217-421-7435)
Shedd Aquarium - Chicago - $2,655,200
Capital Improvements for the new South Wing Opening -
This project includes infrastructure repairs and site work to prepare for the installation of the new exhibit on the coral reefs of the Philippines. (Contact: Janine Perron, 312-692-3152)
Smith Museum of Stained Glass - Chicago - $100,000
Museum Expansion -
This phase of the project includes the installation of a Tiffany gallery and several new windows. (Contact: Edward Byron Smith, 847-320-2260)
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary - Schaumburg - $150,000
Heritage Farm Visitor Center Expansion/Renovation -
This project includes renovation of the public spaces, programming and exhibit areas, and administrative offices.(Contact: David Brooks, 847-985-2100)
Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center - St. Charles - $125,000
Buffalo Prairie Exhibit -
This project includes the design and fabrication of the new prairie/savanna diorama. (Contact: Valerie DePrez, 847-741-9924)
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - Rockford - $100,000
Visitor Center Improvements -
This project includes construction to complete the third floor to provide climate controlled collections storage, volunteer work space, and an exhibit construction area. (Contact: Laura Bachelder, 815-964-2424)
Walter E Heller Nature Center - Highland Park - $50,000
Infrastructure Improvements -
This project includes infrastructure and climate control improvements for the current interpretive center facility. (Contact: Steve Meyer, 847-433-6901)
Worth Park District Historical Museum - Worth - $25,000
Museum Relocation Project -
This project includes renovation of existing space to provide an expanded exhibit area, additional research area, and an administrative office.
(Contact: Christine Brooks, 708-448-7080)
The Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $690,000
Exhibits, Energy Conservation, and Capital Improvements - Grant funds will assist with the installation of a new exhibit and upgrading an existing exhibit with ten new components. The project also includes the design and installation of a standby generator, exterior remote electrical service, and several energy efficient measures. (Contact Person: Margaret Marek, 312-322-0599)
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago - $820,000
NorthEast Quadrant Building - The project will assist in construction of the new building, which will include collections' display space, gallery space, educational programming space, a new bus entrance, and a Teacher Resource Center. (Contact Person: Patricia Woodworth, 312-443-3511)
Bird Haven Greenhouse - Joliet - $280,000
Historic Greenhouse Rehabilitation - Phase I - Grant funds will assist in the restoration of three greenhouses within this historically significant conservatory, designed by the renowned architectural firm of Lord and Burnham. Upon completion, additional classes will be planned and a children's garden will offer neighborhood youth opportunities to plant and harvest. (Contact Person: Ted Brodeur, 815-741-7275, ext. 131)
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield - $820,000
Wolf Woods - The project involves the development of exhibit space for the Mexican gray wolf, in keeping with the zoo's commitment to furthering conservation through the breeding and management of endangered species. Public spaces at Wolf Woods will include a peaceful, natural setting, permitting access for visitors with disabilities, a multi-sensory learning component, and an all-season heated cabin for viewing of wolves year-around. (Contact Person: Nancy Watson, 708-485-0263, ext. 696)
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford - $20,000
New Exhibits and Facilities Design - The project includes the design and construction of a Butterfly House exhibit, a water lab and dock, and a boathouse exhibit. The projects will allow the museum to provide educational services and program enrichment for students, teachers, scientists, and the public throughout Illinois. (Contact Person: Lou Crampton, 815-965-3433)
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe - $820,000
Lakeside and Water Gardens of the Great Basin - The gardens are part of the overall development of the 7.5-acre lake located south of the garden's Main Island. Grant funds will support project design work and the extensive earthwork required to create the gardens and reshape the lake bed of the Great Basin. (Contact Person: Barbara Whitney-Carr, 847-835-8225)
Chicago Children's Museum - Chicago - $92,000
Play It Safe Exhibit-Phase II - The project involves construction of this interactive exhibit, designed to suggest the appearance of a home and its immediate environs. Two tiers of exhibit content with strategies for children and separate information for caregivers will be incorporated into this new museum program. (Contact Person: Stacia Whitmore, 312-464-7717)
Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago - $350,000
Domes Restoration-Phase I - The project provides for extensive restoration of two historically significant domes, the Grand Army of the Republic Dome and the Preston Bradley Hall Dome. The domes are a focal point of a variety of educational activities at the center. (Contact Person: Heather Treadway, 312-744-8944)
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago - $546,000
Eschackagou Exhibit (1670 through 1820s) - Grant funds will assist with the design and construction of "Eschackagou," a component of the new Chicago History Exhibition. This overall exhibition is being designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences including families, adults, school groups, local visitors, and tourists. It will feature state-of-the-art technology including educational and audio-visual interactives. (Contact Person: Robert Nauert, 312-799-2220)
Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois - Bloomington - $243,000
"Discover this" Phase II - New Museum Construction - The "Discover this" project is a public/private partnership between the Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois and the Town of Normal to build a new museum that is to be the cornerstone of a comphensive renewal initiative for downtown Normal. This component of the project includes the building construction stage. (Contact Person: Shari Buckellew, 309-829-6222)
Children's Museum of Illinois - Decatur - $9,500
Building and Grounds Renovation and New Exhibit - The project includes the addition of a new pin screen exhibit and renovation of an exterior exhibit. The project will also include exterior renovations such as repair of exterior doors, roofing replacement over the entryway, landscaping in the nature area, and resurfacing of the parking lot. (Contact Person: Melinda Shaw, 217-423-9179)
Dillon Home Museum - Sterling - $42,000
Historic Train Restoration - This project involves the renovation of an historic 1929 Baldwin steam locomotive, coal car, and caboose. Grant funding will ensure that this valuable piece of history, located on the museum grounds, will be available for present and future generations to view and learn about its direct connection to the community's past. (Contact Person: Doug Jacobs, 815-622-6200)
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $70,000
Exhibits Improvement Program - Projects include refurbishing exhibits and signs in the Simple Machines Exhibit Gallery; creating new exhibits and refurbishing exhibits in the Outdoor Science Park; and, renovations to the science classrooms at the museum. (Contact Person: Sarah Wolf, 815-963-6769)
DuSable Museum of African American History - Chicago - $183,000
Museum Building and Exhibit Renovations - Phase II - The funding will support renovation projects at the current museum facility and exhibits which will improve the museum's ability to serve schools, teachers, members and visitors and enhance the work environment for staff. Exhibit upgrades will enable the museum to show many more of their collections and attract more diverse audiences. (Contact Person: Michelle Bibbs, 773-947-0600, ext. 273)
Elgin Public Museum - Elgin - $2,400
New Exhibit Panels - This project involves acquiring movable wall panels, which will allow the museum to secure traveling exhibits, which cannot otherwise be accomodated, and to efficiently divide areas to host more educational programs. (Contact Person: Peggie Stromberg, 847-741-6655)
Ellwood House Museum - DeKalb - $30,000
Ellwood Mansion Interior Restoration - Grant funds will assist in the restoration of the museum's foyer, main hall and three-story rotunda, and restoration of the arts and crafts sunroom. Completion of these projects will enhance interpretation opportunities of the historic site, which serves more than 50 DeKalb County elementary classes with free tours and a variety of special programs. (Contact Person: Gerald Brauer, 815-756-4609)
Elmhurst Art Museum - Elmhurst - $25,500
Education Center Renovation - This project includes repair and renovation, security improvements, lighting, signs, floor and entry pavement, storage space, and the addition of an accessible restroom. These enhancements will result in a self-contained education center, which will enable the museum to increase services and improve the quality of existing services, while assuring public safety. (Contact Person: D. Neil Bremer, 630-834-0202)
Evanston Ecology Center - Evanston - $97,200
Ecology Center Renovation - Phase II - Grant funding will assist with phase II of this project which includes: construction of an 1,800 square foot educational program classroom; construction of a new energy-efficient entrance/vestibule; and creation of an exhibit corridor with a courtyard viewing area. (Contact Person: Jessica Bullock, 847-448-8067)
Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago - $820,000
Central Plant Renovation - Phase III - This phase will focus on new technology for providing cooling and humidity control including the installation of new equipment and conversion of currently unused space. These infrastructure improvements are crucial for meeting the museum's goal of expanding educational programming to serve diverse audiences. (Contact Person: Deborah Bakken, 312-665-7807)
Itasca Depot Museum - Itasca - $4,125
Exterior Renovation - Grant funds will assist with renovating an historic railroad depot to restore its attractiveness, as well as protect the collections from significant temperature variations and insect infestation. (Contact Person: Joan Stinton, 630-773-2257)
Jarrett Prairie Center - Byron - $28,000
Prairie View Room Expansion - The funding will assist with the addition of needed space to the Prairieview Room, which is the facility's main teaching classroom and special event room. (Contact Person: Richie Wolf, 815-234-8535)
Klehm Arboretum - Rockford - $29,900
Children's Garden - Phase II - This phase of the project will include constructing an overlook and a patio area that will provide shade and cover from the weather for interpretive and orientation programs. Improvements to the surrounding landscape will also be made to recreate a natural setting for botanical science education. (Contact Person: Laura Wyatt, 815-965-8146)
Lake County Discovery Museum - Wauconda - $145,000
Bonner Heritage Farm - Phase II - The farm consists of two houses, a main barn, and seven out-buildings representing more than 100 years of farming in one family. Grant funds will assist with design and architectural planning, relocation of the houses, construction and installation of exhibits, and site development including roads, walkways, landscaping and parking. (Contact Person: Joyce Lingenfelter, 847-968-3422)
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria - $27,800
Facility Improvements - Grant funds will assist with improvements to the climate control systems, lighting, sound system, and security system to help meet the American Association of Museum's accreditation standards. The improvements will allow the museum to serve more diverse audiences. (Contact Person: Kate Schureman, 309-686-7000, ext. 111)
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - $820,000
Regenstein African Journey - Phase III of this project includes the development of exhibits and installation of life support systems for the animals. The exhibits, consisting of both natural and fabricated elements, will duplicate the animals' habitats in various ecosystems in Africa including rain forests, dry forests, and savannas. (Contact Person: Troy Baresel, 312-742-2095)
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art - Elmhurst - $62,000
Permanent Display Cases Improvements - Grant funds will assist with the purchase of new exhibit cases with fiber optic lighting and the retrofitting of existing cases with fiber optic lighting. These cases will allow for creating and developing new exhibits. The upgrade to fiber optic will allow for the enhanced views of color in each exhibited piece and eliminate heat build up in the display cases. (Contact Person: John Lizzadro, 630-833-1616)
Lombard Historical Museum - Lombard - $6,000
Garden House and Boardwalk Renovation - This project includes interior and exterior museum building repairs; improving and extending the boardwalk to the museum's Carriage House; and renovating the Plum Garden House to create new gift shop space. The renovations will improve attendance by allowing better access and creating additional space in the Carriage House to be used for special exhibits. (Contact Person: Joel Van Haaften, 630-629-1885)
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum - Chicago - $340,000
Building Expansion - Phase IV - Grant funds will assist with completion of a permanent collection annex and art studio/classroom; a new and enlarged gift shop; renovation of the current performing arts space; and building a National Memorial Plaza honoring U.S. Mexican American Veterans. (Contact Person: Aide Rodriguez, 312-738-1503, ext. 116)
Midway Village and Museum Center - Rockford - $26,000
Furniture Factory Exhibit Design - The project includes the design and development of the Furniture Factory Exhibit Building, which will illustrate the history of furniture making in Rockford. The museum hopes to attract a new audience of cultural tourism visitors and continue to serve more than 80 area schools and a diverse audience of community groups. (Contact Person: David Byrnes, 815-397-9112, ext. 103)
Miller Park Zoo - Bloomington - $240,000
Tropical American Rain Forest Exhibit-Phase I - The new rain forest exhibit building will consist of animal exhibits, service area, and commons area. The exhibit will present a collection of animals from Central and South America, plants representing the American tropics, and displays reflecting cultural aspects of the region. (Contact Person: John Tobias, 309-434-2825)
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago - $820,000
U-505 Exhibits/The Farm Exhibits/Security Master Plan/Central Pavilion Ventilation - Grant funds will be used to assist with several projects including the U-505 Submarine Exhibit fabrication; The Farm Exhibit space preparation and exhibit fabrication; facility security system, phase II; and installation of new climate controls. (Contact Person: Shannon Alexander, 773-947-6007)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago - $335,000
Environmental Central Exhibit - The project includes design and fabrication of the exhibit which offers visitors the opportunity to explore a real environmental situation through a dynamic visual database. This exhibit has been developed to support Illinois' goals for science learning. (Contact Person: Tracy Shepherd, 773-549-0606, ext. 2058)
Rock Springs Visitor Center - Decatur - $10,500
Bluestem Theatre Exhibit - Grant funds will assist with the development of the theatre, a permanent fixture in the new formal exhibit hall that will set the tone of the visitors' experience. The theatre will provide orientation of the new hall while helping visitors understand that the Center is constantly providing diverse programs in an environmental setting that is always changing. (Contact Person: Jeffrey Tish, 217-423-7708)
SciTech - Aurora - $100,000
Building Renovation and Outdoor Science Park, Phase III - This phase of the project includes interior renovations such as lighting and electrical upgrades, signs and graphics, acoustic treatment, and the addition of an elevator. Grant funds will also assist with landscaping and the installation of bricks to the surface of the outdoor science park. (Contact Person: Jo Grau, 630-859-3434, ext. 210)
Shedd Aquarium - Chicago - $820,000
Ocean Kingdoms - Phase II - This exhibit is designed to create an "immersion" experience that realistically presents the sights and sounds of the Philippines. Grant funds will assist with the design and fabrication of the various rocks, purchase of the concrete being shaped to form the exhibit spaces, and a vast array of mechanical interactive devices. (Contact Person: Janine Perron, 312-692-3152)
Smith Museum of Stained Glass - Chicago - $125,000
Museum Development - Phase III - Grant funds will assist with several components of the project including the installation of signs and formal entrances to make the museum more identifiable to visitors; carpeting, which will enhance the museum experience by quieting the galleries; and educational kiosks, which will allow visitors to view information on all windows. (Contact Person: Edward Byron Smith, 847-320-2260)
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary - Schaumburg - $24,000
1880's Spring House Reconstruction - The project will help recreate a functional and authentic late 19th century spring house. A key component to this site's original 19th century dairy farm operation was the use of the artesian spring water to cool milk and other dairy products in preparation for shipment. Many student and family groups will benefit from the project by the addition of this new component to educational programming that will enable the site to offer larger classes. (Contact Person: David Brooks, 847-985-2100)
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - Rockford - $10,000
Barn and Visitor Center - Phase III - The project will help complete construction of the visitor center. The museum did not have an indoor educational programming space prior to reconstructing the 1973 Tinker Barn. It will allow the museum to lead and partner programs with many educational and community groups. (Contact Person: Laura Bachelder, 815-964-2424)
Vermilion County Museum - Danville - $25,000
Lamon House Restoration - This project consists of repairs to the exterior and interior of the building. Grant funds will assist the museum with weather-proofing the house and installation of new energy saving heating and cooling units. The museum is constantly expanding its programs and with the completion of this project, the house will be utilized for additional special events throughout the year. (Contact Person: Sue Richter, 217-442-2922)
Vliet Center for Lake Bluff Area History - Lake Bluff - $5,000
Display and Lighting Augmentation - Grant funds will assist in providing track lighting and upright display fixtures for the new museum building. This lighting project will enhance the museum's ability to display exhibits in a more visually attractive and readable manner. (Contact Person: Janet Nelson, 847-234-1844)
Walter E Heller Nature Center - Highland Park - $37,000
Orientation/Education Building Expansion - The project helps expand the main building, which will add new environmental education elements to the nature center's existing school and public programs. The project components include redevelopment of orientation, classroom, and exhibit areas, as well as the construction of educational exhibits and mobile learning units. (Contact Person: Ralph Volpe, 847-831-3810)
West Chicago City Museum - West Chicago - $17,000
Building Expansion of Second Floor - This project will enable the museum to fully utilize the second floor space of the circa 1884 town hall building. Grant funds will assist with interior upgrades to the second floor of the building, which will serve as a public programming area and exhibit gallery. (Contact Person: LuAnn Bombard, 630-231-3376)
Wilmette Historical Museum - Wilmette - $150,275
Museum Building Renovation - Phase II, Part B - This renovation project will give the museum much needed space to serve a diverse community. The additional space will allow the museum to collaborate on projects with numerous groups including area schools, colleges, the park district, public library, senior facilities, a center for people with disabilities, and the Kohl Children's Museum. (Contact Person: Kathy Hussey-Arntson, 847-853-7666)
FY2002 Museum Operating Grant Awards
Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $98,883
Astromony Connections/Park Voyagers - Grant funds will assist in providing expanded educational opportunities that engage students, teachers and families in the thematic exploration of the Sun-Earth Connection and continued involvement with the Park Voyagers outreach program. (Contact: Bryan Wunar, 312-322-0542)
Anita Purves Nature Center - Urbana - $7,602
Educational Programming Development - This project will provide environmental education through the museum's live and man-made exhibits, resource library, programs, printed materials, and off-site "Naturalist in the Classroom" programming. (Contact: Judy Miller, 217-384-4062)
Arlington Heights Historical Museum - Arlington Heights - $7,602
Historic Trading Card Series and Educational Traveling Trunks - Grant funds will assist with the purchase of additional replica objects for the educational traveling trunks and supplement the local history programs with a fun and educational trading card series. (Contact: Kristina Christie, 847-255-1225)
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago - $380,119
Learning Through Art - Grant funds will be used for the support of several key program areas in the Department of Museum Education including: community program initiatives such as the Park Voyagers Program; student and teacher programs; and interpretive exhibitions and family programs. (Contact: Karin Victoria, 312-443-3519)
Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery - Aurora - $7,602
Live Video and Information System - This project will include the addition of a live video information system to display and promote exhibits, opening receptions, museum schedules, and upcoming events. (Contact: Rena Church, 630-906-0654)
Aurora Regional Fire Museum - Aurora - $7,602
Not Just Horsing Around in the Hayloft - Funding will be used to purchase equipment for the Hayloft Theater; install internet cabling; assist with fees for speakers, performers, research presentations, and materials associated with the year long grand re-opening program series. (Contact: Debbie Davis, 630-548-2699)
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield - $380,119
Programs for Public Education - This project will include the development of three technology-based curricula featuring computer simulations, continued development of the Zoo's web site, and the implementation of the Roving Naturalist Program. (Contact: Nancy Watson, 708-485-0263 x696)
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford - $9,472
Knee High Naturalists Program - This new program, developed for pre-school children and their working parents, is available after work hours when parents, grandparents, and children can attend together. A monthly Saturday morning educational program will also be developed for pre-schoolers and their care givers. (Contact: Lou Crampton, 815-965-3433)
Cabin Nature Center - Wood Dale - $7,602
To Serve and Increase Services - Funding will allow for additional staff hours and the expansion of the campground area to accommodate increased interest in the free community campfire programs; maintenance of interpretive trails; and updating of software and video materials for science related programming. (Contact: Michelle Groves, 630-860-1111)
Camp Sagawau Environmental Learning Center - Lemont - $7,602
Improvement and Expansion of Environmental Workshops - Grant funds will help staff remain current in the development and execution of the five annual Environmental Education Workshops held for teachers; day long field trips for high school through college students; and family programming. (Contact: Mike Konrath, 630-257-2045)
Chicago Architecture Foundation - Chicago - $41,924
Youth Education Programs - This project includes: the development of a week long learning experience of architecture designed for teachers; distribution of a newly developed teacher's curriculum; and the continuation of "The Secret of Skyscrapers" program designed for 3rd-4th graders. (Contact: Stacey Stern, 312-922-3432 x229)
Chicago Athenaeum at Schaumburg - Schaumburg - $7,602
Outreach Programs - Funding will allow the continued development and implementation of "Gallery 54," a free community outreach program for urban and suburban youth as a way to supplement severe cutbacks in advanced arts education in the public schools. (Contact: Jennifer Lavender, 847-895-3950)
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe - $195,232
Center for Teaching and Learning - Grant funds will allow for the development of the Center which will provide teacher training, curriculum materials, and direct instruction to help strengthen and enrich the plant science and environmental education taught in area schools. (Contact: Barbara Whitney-Carr, 847-835-8225)
Chicago Children's Museum - Chicago - $67,750
Student Visit Program - This project includes the addition of two new educational programs as well as improvements in scheduling, a student visit hotline, and a discount program. (Contact: Stacia Whitmore, 312-464-7717)
Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago - $117,495
Education Program Coordination - This project includes the enhancement of educational programming through the development of appropriate materials and workshops, as well as supplemental programs through the Art Immersion program. (Contact: Eileen Friestad, 312-744-5905)
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago - $124,123
Educational Programming Enhancements - Funding will allow for the continuation of the Distance Learning Center (DLC) and Park Voyagers Program (PVP). Through the DLC, the museum maintains direct contact with school audiences through live-time video conferencing. The PVP goal is to build a habit of museum-going with children and their families. (Contact: Robert Nauert, 312-799-2220)
Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois - Bloomington - $7,602
"Hands-on, Minds-on" For All - This project includes the development of a program guide, marketing plan, and delivery system programming information to ensure that all area schools are informed about available educational programming opportunities at the museum. (Contact: Shari Buckellew, 309-829-6222)
Children's Museum of Illinois - Decatur - $7,602
Establishment of Family Programs and Expansion of School/Community Workshops - Funding assistance will allow for the establishment of new school and community group workshops and the expansion of current eductional programming. (Contact: Melinda Shaw, 217-423-9179)
Cosley Zoo - Wheaton - $7,602
Interpretation for Casual Visitors - Funding assistance will allow for the continuation of programming through the use of a Casual Interpretation Specialist (CIS) to provide daily supervision of new volunteers, assist the Program Coordinator in training and evaluating volunteers, as well as continuing to offer programs themselves. (Contact: Alice Eastman, 630-665-5534)
Crabtree Nature Center - Barrington - $7,602
Enhancement of Interpretive Trail and Exhibit Signage - Funding assistance will allow for the enhancement of educational signage on self-guided trails and the development of interpretive signage for the raptor display. (Contact: Conrad Drust, 847-381-6592)
Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center - Crystal Lake - $7,602
Marketing Project - Grant funds will assist with the production of materials including newsletters, informational mailings, signage and media coverage to effectively promote the nature center's expanded educational resources. (Contact Person: Rita Hickman, 815-459-0680)
Depot Museum - Batavia - $7,602
Education Outreach - Funding will assist with the expansion of the educational outreach program; provide teacher training workshops; expand children's programs; provide an adult lecture series; and implement the new "Traditions Program." (Contact: Carla Hill, 630-406-5274)
Des Plaines Historical Museum - Des Plaines - $7,602
This Is Our Town, Des Plaines - This project involves the development of an interactive computer station for use in the museum to utilize photographs and resources to compliment the growing inventory of reproduction hands-on items. (Contact Person: Joy Matthiessen, 847-391-5399)
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $7,602
Education Program Development - Funding assistance will allow for the enhancement of the overall education program by expanding program offerings and continuing to provide services at no or reduced cost. (Contact Person: Sarah Wolf, 815-963-6769)
DuPage Children's Museum - Naperville - $9,666
Learning Labs: A Radical Way to Learn - Grant funding will assist in the further development and design of the museum's Learning Labs providing K-5 classrooms with interdisciplinary arts exhibits and related programs. (Contact Person: April Arnold, 630-637-8000)
DuPage County Historical Museum - Wheaton - $7,602
Development of Teacher Resource Materials - Part II - This project will provide the resources necessary to complete the research and writing of materials to be used in conjunction with the Children's Chores and Pioneering DuPage programming. (Contact Person: Susan Stob, 630-682-6744)
Durant House Museum - St. Charles - $7,602
Prairie Children Program - Funds will be used to hire the additional staff warranted by the expansion of the junior docent program; docent training sessions presented by outside experts; and the purchase of reproduction costuming to outfit the new volunteer docents. (Contact Person: Elizabeth Safanda, 630-377-6424)
DuSable Museum of African American History - Chicago - $18,524
Outreach and Family Programming - Funding assistance will allow for the museum's continued participation in the Park Voyagers Program, as well as continued development of educational programing for school groups and families. (Contact: Michelle Bibbs, 773-947-0600 x273)
Early American Museum - Mahomet - $7,602
Integrated Circuits in Education - Funding assistance will allow for the coordination of all aspects of the education program through the hiring of an Outreach Coordinator. (Contact: Cheryl Kennedy, 217-586-2612)
Elgin Area Historical Society Museum - Elgin - $7,602
Staffing and Program Development - Grant funds will be used to hire additional staff to assist with programming during peak months; purchase of program enhancements; and the development of a cemetery walk school program. (Contact: Elizabeth Marston, 847.742.4248)
Elgin Public Museum - Elgin - $7,602
Soil Biodiversity - Funding assistance will allow for the development and implementation of programming involving soil and its importance in the eco system, thereby meeting a number of competencies set by the science curriculum of IL Learning Standards for public schools. (Contact: Peggie Stromberg, 847-741-6655)
Ellwood House Museum - DeKalb - $7,602
Continuation of Free School Programs - Grant funds will assure the availability of a range of free educational programs to all 21 elementary and middle schools in DeKalb County. (Contact: Gerald Brauer, 815-756-4609)
Elmhurst Art Museum - Elmhurst - $7,602
Expanded Education Initiative - This project will provide, at no cost to the visitor, a range of activities including discussions to actual art creating projects, relating to exhibit specific workshops in a relaxed atmosphere. (Contact: D. Neil Bremer, 630-834-0202)
Fabyan Villa Museum - St. Charles - $7,602
Visiting Riverbank: Sharing The Fabyan's Vision - This project will include educating area teachers in fitting the museum into their curriculum both as a field trip destination and through outreach; and the development of three new hands-on educational programs geared towards 8-12 year olds. (Contact: Elizabeth Safanda, 630-377-6424)
Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago - $380,119
Educational Programming Development - Funding assistance will allow for continuation of the Park Voyagers Program; continued involvement in the two Soil Adventure Mobiles, development of curriculum for second through eight grade students bringing the world of soil to life; and "The Field Expedition Company." (Contact: Deborah Bakken, 312-665-7807)
Freeport Arts Center - Freeport - $7,602
Art Program for Kids - Funding will help with the development of the Junior High Volunteer Club and existing programming enabling the Center to reach more schools in Northwest Illinois with a wider variety of arts experiences. (Contact: Becky Hewitt Connors, 815-235-9755)
Garfield Park Conservatory - Chicago - $27,574
Formal Education Programming - Grant funds will be used in the development of additional curricula and activities to further enhance educational programming will include Conservatory Kids, Conservatory to You, Student Advisory Board, and Plant Camp. (Contact: Lisa Roberts, 312-746-5995)
General John A. Logan Museum - Murphysboro - $7,602
Educational Programming Development - Funding assistance will allow for the expansion of the Summer History Camps, creation of a new loan program to schools, and continuation of the programming and development staff position. (Contact: Michael Jones, 618-687-4388)
Glen Oak Zoo - Peoria - $7,602
Backpack Safari Program - Grant funds will assist with a series of projects including the development of a backpack program outfitted with materials suitable for use by teachers, students, or families and interactive programming and to acquire materials for the World Wide Waters educational program. (Contact: Janice Schweitzer, 309-686-3365 x204)
The Grove - Glenview - $7,602
Public Visitation and Education Program Support Enhancement - This project includes evaluating and restructuring the museum's environmental and historical programs to ensure the most effective and up-to date programming possible. (Contact: Steve Swanson, 847-299-6096)
Health World - Barrington - $18,131
Enhancing Teaching Capacity Program - Funding assistance will allow for the expansion and enhancement of classroom programs through the purchase of additional educational tools, the training of educators, the restructuring of learning space within the museum, and the addition of interactive video and slide presentations. (Contact: Jennifer Kuhn, 847-842-9100)
Heritage in Flight Museum, Inc - Lincoln - $7,602
Why They Fly - This project includes the development of lesson plans for summer workshops with an emphasis on 5th and 6th grade students. (Contact: Jack Burke, 217-732-3333)
Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest - Oak Park - $7,602
Becoming Oak Park: A Centennial Education Program - Grant funds will assist with the development of educational programming designed around Oak Park's Centennial celebration. (Contact: Frank Lipo, 708-848-6755)
Hoosier Grove Museum - Streamwood - $7,602
Educational Audio Tour - Grant funds will assist with the research, development, and production of an educational audio tour video for the museum, available free of charge, which will contain interpretive information pertaining to permanent exhibits and the Hoosier Grove Museum. (Contact: Nancy Gher, 630-213-9706)
Illinois State Museum - Springfield - $89,003
Technology Learning Center - Increasing Access to Museum Resources - Funding assistance will allow for the continued expansion of educational opportunities offered through the Center, including the enhancement and implementation of new public workshops on a variety of topics ranging from restoration of family photographs to the use of hand-held global positioning systems. (Contact: Bonnie Styles, 217-782-7475)
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center - Olympia Fields - $7,602
Expansion of Conservation Education and Action Projects - Funding will go to offset expenses associated with the development, supplies, program tuition and transportation costs resulting from the expansion of the environmental education program enrollment and services. (Contact: Dave Guritz, 708-481-2330)
Itasca Depot Museum - Itasca - $7,602
Photograph History CD - This project includes scanning the entire historic photograph collection along with accompanying information onto a CD-ROM, which will be made available to all Itasca schools and the community library. (Contact: Joan Stinton, 630-773-2257)
Jarrett Prairie Center - Byron - $7,602
Interpretive Signage Development - This project includes the addition of interpretive signage to existing exhibits explaining the native landscape in Illinois before European settlement. (Contact: Richie Wolf, 815-234-8535)
John A. Logan College Museum - Carterville - $7,602
Educational Programming - This project includes the creation of an education program in partnership with Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days; continuation of the Purdy School program; expansion of the African American Heritage month programs; and planning exhibit oriented programming. (Contact: Adrienne Barkley, 618-985-2828 x8408)
Kendall County Natural History Center - Yorkville - $7,585
Laws of Nature - Grant funds will assist with additional staff hours and educational materials for the new indoor programming/exhibit space and expansion of the volunteer program. (Contact: Danielle Ebersole, 630-553-4111)
Klehm Arboretum - Rockford - $7,602
Curriculum Development for Middle/High Schools and Families - Funding will assist with the development of a curriculum for students, grades 6-12, and their families and the addition of a full-time education professional. (Contact: Laura Wyatt, 815-965-8146)
Kohl Children's Museum - Wilmette - $16,841
Daily Discoveries Activities - Funding assistance will allow for the expansion of the Daily Discovery Program, which includes educational activities designed as weekly themes relating to the museum exhibits. (Contact: Craig Dresang, 847-256-6056)
Lake County Discovery Museum - Wauconda - $7,602
Family, School, and Teacher Programs - Grant funds will assist with the enhancement of current educational programming with the addition of training programs for teachers, and continued development of additional web based educational programming. (Contact: Joyce Lingenfelter, 847-968-3422)
Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Historical Society Museum - Lake Forest - $7,602
Around the Ring: Theater and Literature in Lake Forest - This project includes the development of an exhibit and accompanying programs interpreting Lake Forest's relationship to theater and literature and developing a school program for high school students focusing on the novel "The Great Gatsby," to help them understand the references made in the book. (Contact: Janice Hack, 847-234-5253)
Lake Katherine Nature Preserve - Palos Heights - $7,602
Early People of Palos Program - Funding will assist in the creation of educational programming with first-person reenactors and a brochure on the early inhabitants of the Palos area. Hands-on opportunities, educational materials, and supplies will be developed for the program. (Contact: Bill Banks, 708-361-1873)
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria - $10,844
Exhibit Oriented Educational Programming - Grant funds will help with the development of educational programs, activities, and publications relating to each of the museum's five temporary exhibitions scheduled for 2002, as well as for the folk art and portrait galleries. (Contact: Kate Schureman, 309-686-7000 x111)
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center - Springfield - $7,602
Development of Additional Interpretation by Seasonal Interns - This project includes the development of interpretive tools allowing the visitor to learn more about the Garden's history, flora, fauna, and landscape features through the use of interpretive brochures and signage, interactive CDs, self-guiding audio tapes and exhibits. (Contact: Jim Matheis, 217-529-1111)
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - $174,952
Strengthening Chicago Communities Through Educational Activities - Funding assistance will allow for the development of a series of free events and educational programming including evening lectures, workshops, and classes on animal conservation issues, behind the scenes tours, and outreach programs. (Contact: Troy Baresel, 312-742-2095)
Lincoln's New Salem - Petersburg - $12,275
Continuing Education, Costuming, and Web Development - This series of projects will increase the overall interpretive experience for all visitors to the historic village. Projects include enhancing pre-visit teacher materials through the web site, hiring volunteers to staff live-in programs, publication of the "Discovery Series" brochure which describes events including visiting scholar and artisans programs. (Contact: David Hedrick, 217-632-4000)
Lisle Station Park - Lisle - $7,602
LSP Cultural Showcase - Grant funding will assist with special programming focusing on a variety of traditional arts and crafts including: blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking, leather working, needlecraft, music, re-enactment, and theater. Demonstrations, exhibits, and entertainment will coincide with these cultural opportunities for all visitors. (Contact: Elaine Keating, 630-968-0499)
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center - Willow Springs - $7,602
Enhancement of Educational and Interpretive Displays - Funding will provide for new signage and interpretive displays which will be created to address recent issues that impact our state and local biodiversity. Hands-on interactive displays will provide unique experiences that inform and involve children and adults. (Contact: Julie Vandervort, 708-839-6897)
Lombard Historical Museum - Lombard - $7,602
Reproduction Clothing Enhancements - This project involves the purchase of additional reproduction clothing for the volunteer interpreters, which will allow for historically accurate presentations at the Lombard Historical Museum and at the Sheldon Peck Homestead. (Contact: Joel Van Haaften, 630-629-1885)
Luthy Botanical Garden - Peoria - $7,602
Collections Management Project - This project involves updating the current paper system used for collections management with a computerized documentation system which will allow the public, teachers and students, access to information on the garden's diverse holdings. Production of four new brochures is also planned. (Contact: Lauren Howell, 309-686-3362)
Macktown Living History Center - Rockton - $7,602
Educational Programming Enhancements - Funding assistance will help establish partnerships with local educational, historical, cultural, and tourism agencies; expand outreach programming; and provide for on-site living history special events. (Contact: Jamie Johannsen, 815-877-6100)
McLean County Historical Museum - Bloomington - $7,602
Outreach Programming Development - Funding assistance will allow the museum to maintain and expand its outreach programming by upgrading existing loan kits, provide additional staff time to perform outreach programs at schools, and to implement off-site programming to coincide with current exhibits. (Contact Person: Greg Koos, 309-827-0428)
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum - Chicago - $27,067
Art on the Go Program - The museum will continue to develop all of its educational programming including "Art on the Go," which provides educational art experiences and hands-on art making activities for students of all grade levels, teachers and community groups. Additional resource materials are given to teachers on topics used in their classroom curriculum. (Contact: Edward Herrerias, 312-738-1503 x147)
Midway Village and Museum Center - Rockford - $7,602
Living History and Heritage Education - Funding will assist in the expansion of the current living-history program and the creation of a new heritage education program, using community history to teach students and adults about how they can discover the past of their own families and communities. (Contact: David Byrnes, 815-397-9112 x 103)
Miller Park Zoo - Bloomington - $7,602
Rain Forest Theatre Programs - During the construction of the zoo's new rain forest exhibit building, the special presentations will keep visitors aware of the importance of these fragile forests. A variety of environmental topics including endangered species, migration of songbirds from their own backyards to the tropics will be presented. (Contact: John Tobias, 309-434-2825)
Morton Arboretum - Lisle - $98,614
Children's Garden Programming Implementation - This project will include the development of educational programs and exhibit components to compliment the newly implemented five-acre children and family garden. Through interaction with live plants and planned experiences that encourage exploration and enrichment, children will become more comfortable in and familiar with the natural world. (Contact: Joan Sunseri, 630-719-2449)
Morton Grove Historical Museum - Morton Grove - $7,602
Century in Progress Exhibition - Funding assistance will allow for the creation of an exhibit and programming which will explain the technological and cultural changes experienced by Morton Grove Society during the twentieth century. (Contact: Mary Walsh, 847-965-0203)
Mount Prospect Historical Society - Mount Prospect - $7,602
On-line History Program - Funding will assist the museum in expanding its educational programming and its presence within surrounding communities by partnering with the public library to create an on-line history program to assure that historical resources are easily accessible to parents and schools. (Contact: Gavin Kleespies, 847-392-9006)
Museum of Broadcast Communications - Chicago - $10,872
MBC Online: Improving Public Access to Museum Resources - This project will result in improved access to the museum's educational resources and public programs by developing online instructional resources, streaming audio and video selections from the archives, streaming professional development seminars and career assemblies, and promoting these online resources to educators, librarians, parents, and the general public. (Contact: Philip Buta, 630-841-6447)
Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago - $141,400
Educational Outreach Programs - Grant funds will be used towards the enhancement of educational programming and outreach initiatives including: guided tours of the collections and temporary exhibitions, lectures, and partnering with underserved schools to develop customized programming, and offer artist residencies. (Contact: Patrick McCusker, 312-397-3867)
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago - $380,119
Education 2002 Program - Funding assistance will enable the museum to refine and implement specialized educational programs through its Web Site and through outreach programming which will include E-Learning, K-12 programming, and Community Initiatives. (Contact: Patrick Leonard, 773-684-9844 x 2153)
Naper Settlement - Naperville - $16,534
A Trip for the History Books - Funding assistance will allow for the enhancement of hands-on and "real life" experiences in a variety of ways including: hiring a professional actor for the Underground Railroad Program; demonstrating old time activities; providing hands-on experiences for visiting classrooms and groups; and featuring lectures and craft skill classes. (Contact: Peggy Frank, 630-420-6011)
Oak Park Conservatory - Oak Park - $7,602
Oak Park Children's Garden: A Place to Grow and Learn - This project includes the addition of four raised plant beds, wide accessable pathways, and interpretive signage which will provide common names, botanical names, and economic uses. (Contact: John Seaton, 708-386-4700)
Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum - Rantoul - $7,602
Barnstormers, Wing walkers, and Entrepreneurs: 150 Years of Aviation in Illinois - Funding will go towards the completion of a new exhibition that will enable the museum to properly exhibit and care for several large and important collections of historic viation artifacts associated with aviation in Illinois. (Contact: Mary Hill, 217-893-1613)
Peck Farmhouse Museum - Geneva - $7,602
Stories and The Land Program - This project involves the enhancement of educational programming with interpretive materials; utilizing the farm's silo with the creation of programs aimed at grades 1-4 and 5-8; development of an educational brochure telling the story of the land; and the painting of a mural on the inside of the silo. (Contact: Michael Kirschman, 630-262-8244)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago - $80,339
Science on the Go and Park Voyagers Programs - Funding assistance will allow for the enhancement of outreach programming including: the Park Voyagers Program, Science on the Go, Girl Scout Badge Workshops; and the continuation of The States of Science Program, broadcasting science lessons via live Internet science lessons to over 85 classrooms nationwide. (Contact: Tracy Shepherd, 773-549-0606 x2058)
Pilcher Park Nature Center - Joliet - $7,602
Mighty Acorns Youth Stewardship Project - Funding assistance will allow for the continuation of an education program introducing young people to nature through stewardship and exploration by fostering a personal connection to the museum's natural areas. Small groups, led by trained naturalists, explore nature and practice stewardship projects such as seed collecting and planting. (Contact: Debbie Greene, 815-741-7277)
Pioneer Sholes School - St Charles - $2,270
Oral History Project - The project will include interviewing past students and teachers of one-room schools, especially those in northern Illinois before school consolidation. The interviews will be incorporated into Teacher Training Materials, available both to teachers and to the public researcher. (Contact: Janice Byrne, 630-762-9746)
Pleasant Home - Oak Park - $7,602
Education Program Series - Funding assistance will allow for the development of a series of educational programs regarding design/architectural influences at the turn of the century including the lifestyles of the families who lived at Pleasant Home as well as the architect who designed it. (Contact: Mary Beth Blatner, 708-383-2654)
Prairie Grass Nature Museum - Round Lake - $7,602
Connecting With Our Environment Program - Funding assistance will go towards the development of an outreach program for 2nd and 3rd grade students focusing on the Illinois State Board Learning Standards for early elementary science, specifically Goal 12 which focuses on the fundamental concepts, principles, and interconnections of life, physical, earth, and space stations. (Contact: Peggy Dohr, 847-546-8558)
Quincy Art Center - Quincy - $7,602
Education Connection Program - The project includes the design and distribution of printed materials to teachers and interested service and community groups on the Center's educational programming and the addition of an Art Center Web Site. (Contact: Julie Nelson, 217-223-5900)
Randall Oaks Zoo - West Dundee - $7,602
Family Farm Project - The goal of this project is to provide an immersion into the lifestyle of families in Northern Illinois in the mid to late 1800's. Development will include programming and self guided learning experiences through hands-on activities and interpretive graphic materials. (Contact: Brian Mangiaracina, 847-551-4301)
Raupp Memorial Museum - Buffalo Grove - $7,602
Program Room Development - Funding will be used to provide professional assistance to create an exhibit design and orientation materials for the new gallery space, which will use the museum's artifacts to create compelling permanent exhibits. (Contact: Deborah Fandrei, 847-850-2144)
Red Oak Nature Center - Aurora - $7,602
"Micro-World" - This project involves the addition of a self contained station centered around a "Wentz" magnifying scope enabling visitors to explore a new topic/object every month in the "micro world." (Contact: James Kenney, 630-897-1808)
River Trail Nature Center - Northbrook - $7,602
Enhancement of Interpretive Education Programs Focusing on the DesPlaines River Watershed - Funding will be used towards the enhancement of environmental learning opportunities by expanding interpretive exhibits and developing materials in a space dedicated to the program. Resources acquired through the project will also enhance other children's programs such as Discovery Days and Junior Naturalists. (Contact: John Elliott, 847-824-8360)
Robert Crown Center for Health Education - Hinsdale - $11,708
Attracting the Pre-School Child - This project includes the development of an eight-part health education program series to stimulate the development of good health habits in children ages three to six. (Contact: John Zaremba, 630-325-1935)
Rock Springs Visitor Center - Decatur - $7,602
Educational Equipment for a Mobile Nature Center - This project will allow the museum to provide environmental education on an expanded level by equipping the mobile center with equipment including: aquariums, interactive games, binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides, craft items, tape/CD player, nature tapes, videos and CD's, native animal pelts and study skins, and much more. (Contact : Jeffrey Tish, 217-423-7708)
Rockford Art Museum - Rockford - $7,602
Educational Programs for Students - Funding assistance will allow for the development of programming and materials to coordinate with new acquisitions including a Teacher and Student Guide as a supplement to field trips; expansion of the current "Seeing Art" program which will create a significant increase in programs offered to students in all area and surrounding schools. (Contact: Lorie Langan, 815-972-2880)
Sand Ridge Nature Center - South Holland - $7,602
Coordinated Classroom Programs for Visiting School Groups - This project involves the expansion of coordinated classroom programs with special seasonal programs and the development/distribution of a brochure describing these programs to area teachers. (Contact: Robert Munz, 708-868-0606)
SciTech - Aurora - $10,943
VISTA - Phase III - Grant funding will allow for the expansion of many programs including the scouting and summer camp programs; updating of educational materials to meet State Standards; the addition of two traveling exhibitions a year; and the development of materials and training for "Student Explainers on Science" station. (Contact: Jo Grau, 630-859-3434 x 210)
Scovill Zoo - Decatur - $7,602
Science Complement Program - The development of this program will introduce classrooms that have not typically used the zoo services in the past. A staff person would be hired to coordinate the implementation of the programs and the development of curriculum supplement packets to accompany outreach and on-site offerings. (Contact: Mike Borders, 217-421-7435)
Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum - Shabbona - $2,477
Education Project Expenses - Grant funds will be used to expand current educational programming and materials and to initiate a new program entitled "Summer Learning Experience for Senior Citizens and School-Age Citizens." (Contact: Carol Bend, 815-824-2597)
Shedd Aquarium - Chicago - $251,440
Education Outreach - Outreach programming such as Park Voyagers and special community events will be continued. In-depth classes and labs such as "Invertebrate Lifestyles," "The Conservation Challenge," and "Career Connections" for high school students wil be expanded. (Contact: Janine Perron, 312-692-3152)
Sheffield Historical Museum - Sheffield - $7,602
Educational Program Expansion - This project includes the development of a new brochure; the updating of information in regional and statewide museum publications as part of a marketing plan to increase the museum's audiences; and the purchase of equipment to achieve these goals. (Contact: Margaret Schmitt, 815-454-2788)
Skokie Heritage Museum - Skokie - $7,602
"Pioneer Community" Programs - Funding assistance will allow for the museum's programming, scope, and continuing education for various grade levels to be expanded through additional children's series books and gardening books for the research library and the purchase of a replica pioneer wagon for interpretive purposes. (Contact: Dennis Delor, 847-677-6672 x 11)
Smith Museum of Stained Glass - Chicago - $7,602
Educational Programming Development - This project will include: further development and the expansion of educational programs and exhibits, literature, detailed signage, information catalogs, and videos. (Contact: Edward Byron Smith, 847-320-2260)
Spring Brook Nature Center - Itasca - $7,602
Self-Guided Visitor Interpretation - Funding will be used to update signage and information on displays in the lobby area; purchase new illustrated trail guides, trail signage, trail activity packs; revision of the 15 year-old self-guided trail program; and the expansion of interactive materials for the 'Critter Corner" (Contact: Frederick Maier, 630-773-5572)
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary - Schaumburg - $7,602
Outdoor Interpretive Sign and Trail Directional Sign Renovation - As part of an overall upgrading of interpretive services and exhibits, the Sanctuary plans to replace and/or install six newly created outdoor interpretive signs along nature sanctuary trails, within natural areas, and adjacent to trail cultural features. (Contact: David Brooks, 847-985-2100)
St. Charles Heritage Center - St. Charles - $7,602
Museum Volunteer Training Program - Grant funds will be used to recruit, train, and implement volunteers for the operation of the Center and the two museums that it operates; provide appropriate costuming for volunteers engaged in programming; and create instruction modules on the history of St. Charles. (Contact: Julie Bunke, 630-584-6967)
St. Charles Park District Natural Area Museum - St. Charles - $7,602
Key Initiatives: Grades 1-3 - This project is part of the museum's long range plan for expansion of programming including key initiatives for grades K-3. Using interactive in-class programs (supported by field experiences) students will use educational tools and resources such as models, maps, field equipment, and problem solving activities to enahnce learning. (Contact: Renae Frigo, 630-513-3345)
Staerkel Planetarium - Champaign - $7,602
Millennium Upgrade - Grant funds will be used for the replacement of the 8-track reel-to-reel audio playback system with hard disk storage and the replacement of some of the sixty, aging slide projectors used for current views of the planets and stars. (Contact: David Leake, 217-351-2567)
Stephenson County Historical Museum - Freeport - $7,602
Stephenson County History Project - Funding will assist with the expansion of the museum's current "General Tour," to a variety of specialty tours for schools groups highlighting specific time periods and areas of the site including the history of the 1857 Stone Mansion, as well as outbuildings. (Contact: Suzy Beggin, 815-232-8419)
Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center - St. Charles - $7,602
Buffalo Prairie Program - This project will revitalize and enhance the museum's educational and interpretive programming with a professionally designed prairie/savanna diorama. Current exhibit artifacts and replicas will be incorporated into the exhibit design. (Contact: Valerie DePrez, 847-741-9924)
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - Rockford - $7,602
Expanding Family Involvement - Grant funds will support the development and implementation of interactive programming and activities specifically for families in the new Education Center. New programs will be offered on a regular basis and will serve the needs of groups beyond the classroom walls such as Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, and church youth groups. (Contact: Laura Bachelder, 815-964-2424)
Walter E Heller Nature Center - Highland Park - $7,602
Outdoor Discovery Programming - Funding will be used for teacher training, educational materials, and staff time to develop and implement new programming in the Center's newly constructed program areas. Trail kits and hands-on exhibits will be updated to enhance the visitor's enjoyment and understanding of the site. (Contact: Steve Meyer, 847-433-6901)
Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield - $7,602
Rain Forest Festival/Prairie Festival - This project includes the enhancement of the museum's education programming through the continuation of the current "All Education" display and the initiation of a new display, "The Prairie Festival." (Contact: Inez Berg, 217-753-6228)
Watershed Nature Center - Edwardsville - $7,602
Expanded Environmental Education Program - Grant funds will assist in the creation and delivery of additional programs designed to reach larger and more diverse populations. Included will be the development of a pre-school program, including story hours, nature hikes and hands-on science activities; family programs and activities; and a nursing home outreach program. (Contact: Bill Retzlaff, 618-650-2728)
West Chicago City Museum - West Chicago - $7,602
Second Floor Gallery Utilization - This project includes program development such as consultation and site visits with other museums and marketing of new programs; planning for translating existing educational materials into Spanish; and the acqusition of educational programming equipment and furnishings for the new gallery space. (Contact: LuAnn Bombard, 630-231-3376)
Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $700,000
Renovation and Expansion Phase III - The renovation and expansion project has resulted in an impressive array of new exhibit galleries. In addition to the renovated original Sky Theater, the Adler now houses the first StarRider Theater, an interactive virtual reality experience transporting audiences to some of the most fascinating destinations in the Universe.
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield - $835,000
Explore! A Child's Nature Phase II - This major new exhibit will focus on children through age ten and their parents. Hands-on activities and trained "Play Partners" will emphasize play as the best way for young children to learn about nature. This phase includes: interior exhibitry; landscaping; interpretive signage; perimeter fencing; ticketing system; building electricity and fire detection; and HVAC.
Chicago Children's Museum - Chicago - $170,870
Safety Neighborhood Exhibit - This new dynamic interactive 1300 sq. ft. exhibit is designed to suggest the appearance of a house and backyard featuring safety messages and related activities. It will incorporate two tiers of exhibit content with strategies for children and separate information for caregivers.
Cosley Zoo - Wheaton - $75,000
Master Signage Plan Implementation - This project will provide for a professionally detailed design and fabrication of interpretive, regulatory, identification, directional and donor recognition signs to replace the current in-house constructed sign system. The new system will provide more meaningful visitor experiences through educational interpretive focus.
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $71,000
Permanent Exhibits Improvement - The award will be used for: renovation of a 2500 sq. ft. gallery on the second floor to a new Air and Flight theme; creation of a new role play mini-airport for Tot Spot; renovation of the TV Studio Gallery; and refurbishment of the outdoor science park.
Klehm Arboretum - Rockford - $35,000
Nancy Olson Children's Garden Improvements - Phase I - Improvements to the Children's Garden will include measures to correct drainage problems and improve the safety and accessibility of the garden as well as the addition of plantings to recreate natural settings for exploration and botanical science study.
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria - $7,300
Discovery Center Educational Upgrades - Expansion and improvements to the museum's hands-on learning area. Funds will be used for the addition of 400 sq.ft. of space; refurbishment and enrichment of the current educational programming area; improving the lighting system; floor tiling; and new children's furniture. The main attraction of the new area will be an interactive pinscreen wall station.
Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $121,796
Astronomy Connections & Park Voyagers Education Program - With grant funding for the Astronomy Connections program, the Adler will work with classrooms from across Illinois to provide educational opportunities that engage students, teachers and families in the thematic exploration of Gravity and Black Holes. The funds will also support the Park Voyagers program.
Addison Historical Museum - Addison $78,000 - Balzer Home Restoration
Relocation of the Balzer House to the historic district to replace the now demolished museum. Project includes exterior and interior renovations and site preparation.
Adler Planetarium - Chicago - $755,000 - Renovation and Expansion Project
This project involves the completion and final phase of the Sky Pavilion including installation of seven major exhibits in the new and renovated galleries.
Anita Purvis Nature Center - Urbana - $11,000 - Forest Exhibit Project
Phase II of the Nature Center Exhibit design project linking current exhibit development by completing an overall natural interpretation theme. This phase specifically explores the forest environment and the role trees play in between Prairie and Forest communities.
Arlington Heights Historical Museum - Arlington Heights - $20,000 -
Pop Factory HVAC Improvements
This is the second phase of a four phase project which involves improvements in the HVAC system at the Arlington Heights three historical museum buildings. Phase II specifically targets updates to the HVAC system of the Pop Factory.
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago - $855,000 - Expansion and Renovation
The design and construction of two projects which will increase the Institute's ability to provide an enjoyable visitor experience, offer educational programs, and make its collections more accessible to the public. These projects include renovation of the historic Allerton Building and construction of the 70,000 sq. ft. South Building to provide new gallery space for collections.
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield $855,000 "Explore! Child's Nature" Exhibit
This new exhibit, "Explore! A Child's Nature" will be designed to provide a new kind of zoo experience for young children. Trained "Play Partners" will facilitate the experiences and hands-on activities designed for infants to 10 year olds and their families.
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford - $63,000 - Exhibits Creation and Museum Expansion
This is Phase II in the development of the museum addition. Phase II includes planning for a biology exhibit, the addition of a public elevator, and the addition of hands-on and audio components to the Native American exhibits. The newly acquired Mazon Creek fossil collection will be added to the Paleontology exhibit with the addition of interactive educational displays.
Chicago Athenaeum - Schaumburg - $100,000 - Schaumburg Museum Renovation Phase III
This is Phase III of the project at the Athenaeum's Schaumburg location. This phase includes the addition of a café/bookstore and an interior garden.
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe - $855,000 - Evening Island Educational Garden
Development of Evening Island, the second largest of the Garden's nine islands. Construction plans include grading, irrigation, a drainage system, pedestrian pathways, stairs, a plaza with a gathering area, a bridge connecting it to Main Island, and a building with restrooms and storage space.
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago - $570,000 - 1932 Building - HVAC; Sewell Visitor Center Project and the Needham Chicago History Galleries
This project involves the final phase of replacing the aging HVAC system in 1932 building. Also included is the completion of the initial planning stages in the redevelopment of its facilities which include the Sewell Visitor Center Project and the Needham Chicago History Galleries.
Children's Museum of Illinois - Decatur - $30,000 - Implementation of Master Exhibit Plan This project includes replacing this five year old museum's primarily temporary exhibits with four new major permanent exhibits and modifications to one existing exhibit.
Clarke House Museum - Chicago - $171,000 - Exterior and Interior Restoration
This historic landmark, built in 1836, is a unique example of Greek Revival style and the only surviving original home from this period. This project will involve restoration of the exterior of the home to its original condition, upgrading of the mechanicals, and roof replacement. The Clarke House's rich history serves as an educational tool of the early development of the city and middle class lifestyles of the era.
Cosley Zoo - Wheaton - $100,000 - 1877 Train Station Restoration
This project will create improved visitor services through the expansion of the 1887 train station retaining the original historic architecture. The new Visitor Center will accommodate additional washrooms, retail and administrative space, a concession area, and storage space.
Crystal Lake Park Dist Nature Center - Crystal Lake - $5,000 - Greenhouse Research Facility Construction
This project involves the addition of a greenhouse to the existing Nature Center enabling visitors year round interaction with nature. This working greenhouse will serve as a research facility, interactive exhibit, plant propagation facility and educational tool focusing on native insects, plants, ecosystems and biodiversity.
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford - $70,000 -
Exhibits Development and Renovation of Classroom
This phase of the capital improvement project includes renovation of the Color and Light Exhibit area, expansion of exhibit area in the outdoor science park and the creation of suitable classroom space to accommodate the growing educational programming audience.
Downers Grove Park Dist Museum - Downers Grove - $8,000 -
HVAC and Structural Improvements
This project consists of replacing the current inadequate HVAC system with a more appropriate climate control system. The replacement will provide the environmental stability necessary for the preservation of historical artifacts on display and in storage. Safety concerns will also be addressed with the renovation of a porch and the enclosure of an existing wheelchair lift.
Elgin Public Museum - Elgin - $53,000 - LaSalle Exhibit and Discovery Room
This project involves the addition of two new exhibits. An expansion of the most popular exhibit from the old building, the Discovery Room, featuring hands-on activities for both children and adults. The LaSalle Exhibit notes changes in both environment and populations along the river route followed by LaSalle in 1681 versus Expedition II in 1976.
Evanston Ecology Center - Evanston - $73,000 - Expand Educational Programming Space
This project will include the construction of a large classroom for use as program space, public meetings, and rental. Also included is the construction of an energy efficient entrance, an exhibit corridor, a courtyard viewing area, and a unified roof line.
Exploration Station - Bourbonnais - $6,000 - Interactive Grocery Store Exhibit
This project involves the addition of an interactive grocery store exhibit in which preschool and school age children will learn about nutrition, money concepts, reading and math skills. Special weekly programs are planned as well as related activities for parents to do at home or at the grocery store with their children.
Field Museum - Chicago - $855,000 - Construction of Paleontology Exhibit Space
This project involves the construction of a new Dinosaur Hall to provide a permanent home for "Sue" and to expand the space devoted to dinosaurs and paleontology. This will refocus and expand the dinosaur exhibits to allow their greater use for educational programming.
General John A. Logan Museum - Murphysboro - $3,700 (Project Withdrawn - 2002)
1843 Log Court House Reconstruction
This project involves the total renovation of a log building whose physical presence will expand the Museum's interpretation of local nineteenth century life. The building will represent a court house and will be used to host school activities and church services as was traditionally done in the mid 1840's.
Glen Oak Zoo - Peoria - $70,000 -
"World Wide Waters" Educational Contact Center
This project includes renovation of a vacant structure and under-utilized exhibit area into an indoor/outdoor educational center. A freshwater pond will be added to the conservation area introducing a new ecological system to the zoo. By using a unifying theme of "World Wide Water", these new areas will be tied into existing exhibits and educational programs.
Haines Museum - Waukegan - $35,000 - Museum Renovation
The Haines Museum is in the final stages of being restored to how it appeared during the 1870's. Exterior work on this project includes foundation waterproofing, installation of a storm water drainage system, re-landscaping, new lighting and replacing the shingle roof with a metal roof. Interior work of period wallpaper, draperies and carpets will set the stage for collections on display throughout the museum.
Heritage Farm Museum - Byron - $52,000 -
Build Grout Farm House Replica and Renovation of Farm Buildings
This project includes the construction of a replica 1846 Grout Farm House that was once on the site, the rehabilitation of a barn, corn crib, wind mill, milk house, silo, hog barn and carriage house. The preservation of the 1800's farm will make Ogle County history come alive for future generations.
Hoosier Grove Museum - Streamwood - $5,000 - Roof/Cupola and Exterior Renovation
This project will involve the exterior renovation of the museum including a new roof system, repairing the cupola, installation of a bell, painting, and correcting ventilation problems. These improvements will enable this circa 1904 one room school house to continue to be used to host exhibits, special events and provide educational programming for school children and their families.
John Shedd Aquarium - Chicago - $855,000 - "River Journey" Exhibit
This project involves the completion of a major new exhibit entitled "River Journey". Taking the visitor through the seasonal changes of the Amazon River the exhibit places emphasis on the connection between people and their habitats. "River Journey" will establish guidelines for general exhibit programming including audio tours, on-site interpretation, age specific programs, teacher kits and curriculum materials, outreach programs and web page activities.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden - Rockford - $26,000 -
Outdoor Classroom & Access Improvements
This project will develop and improve outdoor areas through the creation of "outdoor classroom" spaces, upgraded safety and improved accessibility for visitors with limited mobility. The addition of electricity at the Special Event Glade will expand the use of this popular area while fencing the entire 155-acre site will provide control and limit access of plant damaging whitetail deer to the property.
Lake County Museum - Wauconda - $245,000 - New Mall of History Exhibitions
This project is the final implementation phase of two new exhibits. "The Lake County Mall of History" featuring eleven "store environments" will provide visitors with a comprehensive history of Lake County by involving them directly with real stories past and present, and "Bringing the World Home" which presents the history and significance of the picture postcard in this nation's only permanent postcard exhibit.
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago - $855,000 - Regenstein Large Mammal Habitat
This is Phase I in the renovation of the Regenstein Large Mammal Habitat. Included will be the demolition of interior space, site and electrical preparation and the refurbishment of exterior habitats. When completed each animal habitat will flow seamlessly into the next offering presentation of a variety of animal species indigenous to specific regions of Africa.
Lisle Station Park - Lisle - $45,300 - Blacksmith Shop Construction
This project involves the construction of a rustic-looking Blacksmith Shop, equipped with electricity, that will blend with the time period represented at the park. This addition will enhance the capacity of the established programs and allow for additional space for new educational programming.
Lombard Historical Museum - Lombard - $4,000 - Sheldon Peck House Project
This project involves the final steps in the restoration and preservation of the Sheldon Peck House, a mid-nineteenth century house museum including the addition of split-rail fencing and a period outhouse. Display cases will be installed to showcase historical items as well as provide security for articles on loan to the Museum. Signage and panels telling of the Peck family history and connection with the Underground Railroad will further enhance the education program.
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum - Chicago - $400,000 -
HVAC and Structural Renovations
This is the final phase of the museum's capital expansion project. Included is the installation of the HVAC system, fire protection/sprinkler system, plumbing, electrical and elevators.
Midway Village & Museum Center - Rockford - $260,000 Infrastructure Improvements
Phase II of this project includes the installation of a museum-quality HVAC system for preservation and quality care of the museum's 80,000 historical artifact collection as well as opening doors for hosting quality traveling exhibits.
Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago - $855,000 -
Environmental Improvements, Restoration of South Portico Doors, and Exhibit Study
This project involves environmental and emergency backup improvements to the museum. Included are an emergency generator to operate all essential garage systems in the event of a power failure, architecture and engineering study for a climate controlled structure to house the U-505 submarine exhibit, and Phase II of the upgrade to the south portico doors.
Naper Settlement - Naperville - $256,000 - Martin Mitchell Mansion Restoration
This project includes both interior and exterior renovation of the 1883 Martin Mitchell Mansion. The introduction of preservation-quality climate control HVAC and restoration of the property to its original appearance will ensure its being open to the public for another sixty years.
Oak Park Conservatory - Oak Park - $40,000 Restoration of Conservatory Fern Room -
In order to restore the historic 1929 Oak Park Conservatory Fern Room to its original architectural state and have it meet current acceptable standards, this project involves the preparation and sandblasting of the steel structure for lead paint removal, reinstallation of the glass panes, plant removal and reinstallation. This project will bring the first of the botanical's three glass rooms up to current environmental standards to help insure that the facility will continue to provide a safe and healthy educational experience for its patrons.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago - $400,000 -
Design and Fabrication of Permanent Exhibits
This project is Phase II in the completion of the exhibit portion of this new nature museum. Exhibits included are The Water Lab, The Children's Gallery, City Science, Wilderness Walk, The Butterfly Haven and the Outdoor and North Pond exhibit.
Pleasant Home - Oak Park - $47,000 - Exterior Restoration and Accessibility
This project includes exterior building modifications to stabilize critical architectural elements on this 100 yr old National Historic Landmark building. Scope of work also includes the installation of a lift to make the building accessible
Riverfront Museum Park - Rockford - $166,000 -
HVAC Project (Rockford Art Museum)
This is the second phase of the HVAC retrofitting project involving the completion of museum-quality climate control for the Museum Park complex.
Rock Springs Visitor Center - Decatur - $66,000 - Exhibits Construction
This project involves the installation of seven new exhibits depicting the history, flora and fauna of the Sangamon River Valley. The exhibits will be installed in the newly constructed exhibit hall.
Sand Ridge Nature Center - South Holland - $20,000 - Nature Trail Rehabilitation
This project involves the repair and/or replacement of existing wooden boardwalks and bridges in and around wetland areas within the Nature Center. The wetland area involved is an intrinsic part of the nature center's environmental education program.
SciTech - Aurora - $60,000 - Building Renovation & Outdoor Science Park
This project includes the upgrading and expansion of SciTech's building and exhibitions, as well as the introduction of an outdoor science park and new educational programs. Upon completion of the project, the museum's ability to expand its cooperative educational programs and host traveling exhibits will be greatly increased.
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows - Chicago-Navy Pier - $70,000 -
Light Boxes for Stained Glass Window Exhibition
Phase II of this project involves the building and installation of approximately 150 light boxes in which to display the windows. The majority of the stained glass is from the Chicago area and will be used to teach the history and culture of the area.
Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center - Geneva - $72,000 - "River Wild" Exhibit
This project involves the construction of "The "River Wild" exhibit - a 24 ft long diorama recreating the Fox River environment, which will augment existing museum/school co-curricular programs. Visitors will be able to virtually walk into the river and explore the many interactive exhibits.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - Rockford - $28,000 - Cottage Restoration
This is the second phase of a project aimed at renovating and upgrading this unique and historic example of Swiss style architecture. This phase includes restoration of the decorative painting, environmental upgrades to ensure proper conservation and preservation of the museum collections and the restoration of landscaping disrupted by recent construction.
FY2000 Museum Operating Grant Awards
Adler Planetarium - Chicago, $110,473
Mars Millennium Project Design a program revolving around the central theme "Honor the Past - Imagine the Future." Participants will be involved in creating an imaginary colony on Mars for the year 2030, providing multiple educational opportunities.
Anita Purves Nature Center - Urbana, $9,850
Environmental Education Programs. The grant will enable the center to continue to provide current services as well as develop new programs and curriculum, expand existing services to educators and the general public.
Arlington Heights Historical Museum - Arlington Heights, $9,850
Coloring/Activity Book Publication. Development and printing of a coloring/activity book on local history for grade school children.
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, $492,500
Park Voyagers/Community Programs. The grant will fund continued development of two outreach programs at the museum: the Park Voyagers Program and the Community Programs initiative.
Aurora Public Art Commission Gallery - Aurora, $9,850
Aurora Science and Sculpture Walk. Installation of a sculpture for the Aurora Science and Sculpture Walk.
Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield, $492,500
Zoo Educational Technology Initiatives. Development of interactive Web page enhancements and implementation of curriculum units for elementary and high school students.
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford, $9,850
"Workshops 2000" The reintroduction of workshops to supplement the three main tours - Fossils and Dinosaurs, Native American, and The Wonders of Wildlife.
Cabin Nature Center - Wood Dale, $9,850.
Serving the Community Better Funding will allow an increase in the hours of operation during evenings and weekends, purchase of computers and software as well as supplemental printed materials to enhance visitor experiences.
Chicago Architecture Foundation - Chicago, $56,115
Building Your Future Implementation of "Building Your Future," a comprehensive youth education program involving social studies, math, visual arts, language arts and science.
Chicago Athenaeum at Schaumburg - Schaumburg, $16,886
Gallery 54 Funding will be used for free community outreach programming for urban and suburban students to supplement arts education in the public schools.
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe, $274,465
Priorities in Education & Public Service Advance and expand the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Community Gardening Programs, as well as school and teacher training programs.
Chicago Children's Museum - Chicago, $101,157
Me, Myself and I. Addition of the "Me, Myself and I" technology program to the museum's permanent exhibits geared to children ages 7 - 11.
Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, $141,643
Education Program. The grant will fund continuation of a workshop program initiated in 1999 involving local artists and arts educators. The program includes teacher workshops on integrating the Chicago Cultural Center into school curriculum and development of a partnership program with local high schools throughout the academic year.
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago, $168,237
Park Voyagers. Funding will be used for continuation of the Society's Distance Learning Center and Park Voyagers project with the Chicago Park District and eight other museums that make up Museums in the Park. Children's Museum of Illinois - Decatur, $9,850
We Make a Difference! Museum Education Program Enhancement. The grant will fund staff, equipment and teacher resource materials for the new "We Make a Difference!" program. Cosley Zoo - Wheaton, $9,850
Interpretation for Casual Visitors. The project will include creating and presenting programs and activities from an existing mobile interpretive station, presenting additional programs at an existing amphitheater, and creation of a self-guiding interpretive booklet and "trail" in the zoo.
Crystal Lake Nature Center - Crystal Lake, $9,850
Education Expansion Project. Enhance volunteer education, establish a school loan program, and expand the center's outreach program.
Depot Museum - Batavia, $9,850
Educational Programs/Conservation Materials. Develop programs on genealogy, research, photo preservation, document encapsulation, architectural tours, and historical programs geared toward middle school and high school ages.
Des Plaines Historical Museum - Des Plaines, $9,850
Des Plaines History Through Discovery and Interpretation Upgrade and increase the amount of interactive elements by installing push button digital audio boxes as well as suitable graphics and Braille signs in various rooms of the museum for self-guided interpretation purposes.
Dietrich Fredericks House - Mount Prospect, $9,850
Expansion of Third Grade Curriculum. The grant will fund revision of curriculum on local and regional history used for local third grade classes and improved contact with teachers and the public.
Discovery Center Museum - Rockford, $12,286,
Education Program Development. Funding will help expand after school collaborations as well as continue the Head Start Library partnership beyond the federal grant period; creation of additional outreach classroom programs and teacher workshops; expand programs to more school districts; and, create new demonstrations and experiences for the general public.
Downers Grove Museum - Downers Grove, $9,850
New Millennium Education Implementation of the project will enhance the museum's education programs, including outreach programs, workshops, lectures, tours and special events, instructors, performers, and guest speakers.
DuPage Children's Museum - Naperville, $17,615
Interdisciplinary Programs for Early Elementary Students. Support further development of in-school learning labs, on site programs, and the museum's Internet home page.
DuPage County Historical Museum - Wheaton, $9,850
Enhanced Learning Opportunities for DuPage County Children, Phase II Evaluation and revision of education materials developed and piloted in Phase I. These materials will then be printed and distributed to teachers to help students maximize their learning experience at the museum.
Durant House Museum - St. Charles, $9,850
A Lifetime of Learning: Celebrating Life on the Illinois Prairie Expansion of educational programming, development of a brochure and expansion of staff hours to accommodate the growing audience of older adults.
DuSable Museum of African American Art - Chicago, $26,807
Education Programs The grant will fund the addition of new educational programs and revamping of existing ones to better assist visitors in interpreting the museum's exhibits.
Early American Museum - Mahomet, $9,850
Blacksmithing on the Prairie Completion of exhibit on the history of blacksmithing in Central Illinois including reconstruction of the shop as it looked in 1918.
Elgin Area Historical Museum - Elgin, $9,850
Marketing and Docent Education Hiring of a part-time staff person to assist in promoting the Museum's education program with public, private, and home schools as well as learning centers and day care providers. Volunteer docents will be trained and recruited to assist staff.
Ellwood House Museum - DeKalb, $9,850
Expansion of Free School Programs Make free school programs available to all 21 elementary and middle schools in DeKalb County, training additional volunteer docents and conducting workshops for teachers on using the museums resources.
Exploration Station - Bourbonnais, $9,850
School Group Workshops and Study Trips The grant will fund additional exhibits, space and staff to complement study programs.
Fabyan Villa Museum - St. Charles, $9,850
A Lifetime of Learning: Celebrating the Fabyans' Vision Marketing of a three-part program designed for seniors; continue with the addition of Thursdays as an open day to the regular season; completion of an architectural model of the museum which will be used on visits to community and school groups and during architectural tours.
Farmhouse Museum - Elk Grove, $9,850
Program Expansion/Materials Creation of a curriculum textbook specific to the Farmhouse Museum, one geared toward 4th-5th grade students and another to 8th-9th grade.
Field Museum - Chicago, $492,500<
Distance Learning Initiatives Funding will support off-site educational offerings including the expansion of the reach of the Soil Adventure Mobile outside the Chicago area, expanding public awareness of The Field Expedition Company and the expansion of the Park Voyager program.
General John A. Logan Museum - Murphysboro, $9,850
Educational Programming Assistance The grant will allow improvements to the education program through staff support in order to develop the following projects: Logan Days; Kids Dig It; History Camp and permanent exhibition review.
Glen Oak Zoo - Peoria, $9,850
Program Expansion Project Expansion of programs to meet needs not currently being met including pre-tour workshops for educators, expanded printed materials, orientation videos and lab trips for high school students.
The Grove - Glenview, $9,850
Volunteerism and Stewardship Program Institute a multi-phase project to improve individual and group learning by evaluating and modifying the existing volunteer program, developing a recruitment, training and incentive program to increase the numbers of volunteers, developing a new volunteer project to include historic areas of the living history educational programs and developing a stewardship volunteer program in the ongoing restoration of the 110 acres of natural areas at The Grove site.
Health World - Barrington, $31,595
School Program and Exhibit/Experience Enhancements Funding will allow updating of curriculum content, audio visuals, teaching methods for the formal learning environments, and the interactive exhibit materials, content and technology.
Illinois State Museum - Springfield, $147,897
Technology Learning Center The grant will allow expansion of the Technology Learning Center, providing access to museum collections and other resources designed to facilitate collection-based, technology-assisted education programs on the art, cultural history, and natural history of Illinois.
Itasca Depot Museum - Itasca, $9,850
"When Duty Called" Installation and/or purchase of video camera, video training, a microphone, a tripod, video tapes and storage boxes for completed tapes.
John A. Logan College Museum - Carterville, $9,850
Educational Programming for the College Museum and Art Galleries Expand and maintain the general educational programming with the addition of staff.
John G. Shedd Aquarium - Chicago, $400,586
Education Outreach Designing A distance learning program built around the upcoming "Amazon Rising" exhibit, continuation of the new Teen Mentor Program and Park Voyagers outreach program.
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden - Rockford, $9,850
Plan Update and Youth Education Grant funds will support the review and re-evaluation of the site's master plan; study of circulation plan for visitors as well as relocation of the arboretum's entrance; and evaluation of the children's garden.
Kohl Children's Museum - Wilmette, $35,340
Building New Interactive Learning Environments for the 21st Century. Funds will allow the expansion of current programming being conducted in the schools to reach additional students and families.
Lake County Museum - Wauconda, $9,850.
Lake County Museum Education Programs for New Exhibitions. Development of educational programming to augment the new exhibits.
Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Historical Society Museum - Lake Forest, $9,850.
Pieces of the Past. Implementation of experimental learning similar to an actual archaeological excavation from which a significant number of artifacts have been donated to the museum. In addition to these artifacts being displayed, replicas will be taken to schools, along with accompanying materials and related activities. (Contact person: Anne Pollock, 847/615-2857)
Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences - Peoria, $18,899
Enhancement of Educational Offerings to Schools and Service Agencies. The grant will support expansion and refinement of the Educator's Guide, development of supplemental exhibit activities for an upcoming exhibit, visitor services training for staff and volunteers, and the development of two new outreach kits.
Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago, $289,542
Community Education for Families, Youth Groups and Adults Further development of specialized programs for after-school youth groups and the physically and mentally challenged.
Lincoln's New Salem - Petersburg, $18,570
Educational Programs and Material Development Training of volunteers to work as live-ins. Hiring of artisans and craftspeople for several months at a time to demonstrate 19th century skills and trades as well as increasing the number of short-term demonstrators. Continued development of educational materials for the new web site which would include the hiring of a teacher to develop interactive materials.
McLean County Historical Museum - Bloomington, $11,462
Training of Education Program Volunteers Grant funds will support a training program for education volunteers recruited from the community, ISU and IWU who will assist paid staff and interns in implementing the eight specialized programs which the museum offers to school groups.
Mexican Fine Arts Museum - Chicago, $43,315
Art on the Go Expansion of art workshop program and the Voyagers Program which help develop cultural and creative thinking among Chicago's youth in their neighborhood parks through resource materials, cultural and educational activities.
Midway Village and Museum Center - Rockford, $14,071
Midway Village Alive! Implementation of a new interpretive plan which will highlight people and events in northern Illinois between 1890-1910. The focus will be on events of people's daily lives with characters placed throughout the village participating in activities.
Morton Arboretum - Lisle, $151,219
Resident Program Curriculum The grant will fund a comprehensive revision and expansion of the residential outdoor education program to more closely align learning units with national and state science learning standards.
Morton Grove Historical Museum - Morton Grove, $9,850
Native American Program/Traveling History Trunk Funds will be used for an exhibit and traveling outreach exhibit/program interpreting Native American history.
Museum of Broadcast Communications - Chicago, $18,383
"Bringing Educators, Students & Technology Together"Funds will support development of: an on-line database of museum resources, website presentation, electronic hotline for teachers, curriculum guide for teachers, direct mail publications for educators as well as an education director.
Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, $235,611
Student Outreach Programs Support for the arts education and outreach program including teacher workshops, Saturday morning parent classes, school tours, creation labs, and a teen apprentice program.
Museum of Science & Industry - Chicago, $492,500
Education 2000/Park Voyagers Funding for educational programming including initiatives aimed at students, teachers, schools and parents many of which are offered in partnership with schools, community organizations, and other cultural institutions in area. The aim is to help students meet new state standards for science, math and reading.
Naper Settlement - Naperville, $21,570
19th Century Life The grant-supported program will provide participants with "real life" experiences through first-person lectures and story telling.
Oak Park and River Forest Historical Museum - Oak Park, $9,850
Becoming Oak Park: A Centennial Education Program The grant will support a new program in coordination with the 100th anniversary of the village utilizing volunteers and an outreach coordinator to compile a list of local history-related curriculum projects which will be used in local schools as well as in a list of resources made available to teachers in the area.
Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum - Rantoul, $9,850
Keep 'em Flying: Military and Civilian Aviation in Illinois Enhancement of "Fly Into Science" aviation program will be possible through the grant funding. Visitors will learn of technical advances in aircraft and how it has changed the world and influenced visitors' daily lives.
Peck Farm Park - Geneva, $9,850
Discovery Room Education Materials/Programs The grant will support learning opportunities for lower grade school children in the Discovery Room and silo at the park. Project design will incorporate age appropriate materials, graphics, interactive activity stations, wall-mounted puzzles and murals.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago, $77,883
Extension of Exhibits Programming The grant will support programming via live video and expansion of the Chicago Academy of Science involvement in Park Voyagers Program.
Pilcher Park Nature Center - Joliet, $9,850
Living Science Initiative The center will use the grant funds for a free, hands-on learning experience that allows children close contact with snakes, salamanders and soil, as well as a weatherman's view of natural disasters.
Pleasant Home - Oak Park, $9,850
The History of Pleasant Home Creation of a high quality publication on the history of Pleasant Home and its architect George W. Maher, to be made available to visitors and educators to enhance their curriculum on architecture and the history of Oak Park.
Prairie Aviation Museum - Bloomington, $9,850
Project Upgrade" Develop and upgrade a museum tour packet and a curriculum for a summer school program. Create lesson plans using aviation and space information to develop a museum-school partnership.
Quincy Art Center - Quincy, $9,850
Quincy Art Center's Tour Connection The center will use the grant for development of a brochure which will further enhance the overall educational program by reaching more individuals on a year-round basis.
Red Oak Nature Center - Aurora, $9,850
Education Orientation Creation of videos highlighting the center's three ecosystems and compatible recreational activities which will be used in the orientation exhibit area.
Robert Crown Center for Health Education - Hinsdale, $17,612
Robert Crown on the Road Expansion of at-school-site programs utilizing center instructors and their portable exhibits to conduct outreach programs.
Rock Springs Nature Center - Decatur, $9,850
Interpretive Program Enhancements The grant will allow increasing the number of groups to be accommodated for natural and cultural activities, purchase of various supplies, equipment and educational interactive displays for the children's awareness room; additional period clothing, artifacts and furnishings acquired to enhance the authenticity of the site; the planting of a vintage orchard; and development of new printed materials to augment the visitors experience.
Rockford Art Museum - Rockford, $13,107
"The History of Art: A Rockford Retrospective" Development of a program to coincide with exhibit "The History of Art: A Rockford Retrospective". Program will include an accompanying video with interviews and documentaries on the artists, galleries and collectors, an exhibition catalog and time line poster that will continue to be used after the exhibit closes.
"The History of Art: A Rockford Retrospective" Development of a program to coincide with exhibit "The History of Art: A Rockford Retrospective". Program will include an accompanying video with interviews and documentaries on the artists, galleries and collectors, an exhibition catalog and time line poster that will continue to be used after the exhibit closes.
SciTech - Aurora, $9,850
VISTA (Visions into Science and Technology Awareness) Funds will support the design and implementation of hands-on exhibits, program development and materials for new educational programs.
Scovill Zoo - Decatur, $9,850
Science Complement Program Implementation of the Science Complement Program, which will serve as a means for students to continue an on-going relationship with the zoo, its wildlife, and its ecological message throughout the school year.
Skokie Heritage Museum - Skokie, $9,850
Ethnic Heritage Program/Lower School History Primer Creation of a set of history books, each containing information on a specific time period in Skokie's history.
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary - Schaumburg, $9,850
Natural and Cultural Interpreter Intern Programs The grant will provide for implementation of an intern program which would employ up to four interns during the summer months and up to two interns during the autumn and spring seasons. This program would help fill the need for additional staffing for the summer interpretive program as well as summer camps.
Stephenson County Historical Museum - Freeport, $9,850
Stephenson County Education The funding will allow expansion of the "Junior Pioneers" educational program, the general tour, and specialty tours highlighting historical time periods.
Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center - Geneva, $9,850
Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Development of an education course for teacher to provide background information, field experience, and basic tools to conduct educational field trips. Ideally each public school district in Kane County would be represented by a minimum of one elementary, one middle school, and one high school teacher.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - Rockford, $9,850
Exhibiting Tinker Swiss Cottage The grant will fund a project to maximize the potential of the newly rebuilt Tinker Barn by enhancing services to the handicapped and constructing an exhibit panel system for the Barn.
Walter E. Heller Nature Center - Highland Park, $9,850
Educational Program Enhancement Project The grant will support long range planning, including a community-wide evaluation through surveys, a review of the survey results by an advisory committee, and implementation of new or enhanced programs to fulfill community needs currently not being met as shown by the survey.
Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, $9,850
Rain Forest Festival The grant will enable the garden to continue to meet its educational goals set through hands-on activities, state-of-the-art technology, adult and family workshops, as well as new signs and interpretive publications for the garden's Rain Forest Festival. This program's intent is to introduce visitors to the ecosystem of the rain forest in a rain forest-like setting.
West Chicago City Museum - West Chicago, $9,850
Hands on History The grant will support replacement of items in the museum's education collection which have deteriorated due to extensive use.
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum (Chicago), $750,000
Anita Purvis Nature Center (Urbana), $25,000
Arlington Heights Historical Museum, $10,000
Art Institute of Chicago, $850,000
Athenaeum—Museum of Architecture and Design at Schaumburg, $200,000
Brookfield Zoo, $850,000
Burpee Museum of Natural History (Rockford), $450,000
Chana School Museum & Education Center (Oregon), $15,000
Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe), $850,000
Chicago Historical Society, $550,000
The Depot Museum, (Batavia) $50,000
Earth Shelter Interpretive Shelter (Oak Park) $100,000
Emily Oaks Nature Center, (Skokie), $100,000
The Farmhouse Museum (Elk Grove) , $50,000
Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago), $850,000
The Grove National Landmark (Glenview), $20,000
Historic Museum of Addison , $55,000
John G Shedd Aquarium (Chicago), $850,000
Lake County Museum (Wauconda), $250,000
Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago), $850,000
Madison County Historical Museum (Edwardsville), $25,000
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (Chicago), $320,000
Midway Village and Museum Center (Rockford), $200,000
Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago), $850,000
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, $330,000
Raupp Memorial Museum (Buffalo Grove), $150,000
Rockford Art Museum and Discovery Center Museum, $150,000
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows & American Art (Chicago), $100,000
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum (Rockford), $100,000
West Chicago City Museum, $50,000
FY99 MUSEUM OPERATING GRANT AWARDS
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum (Chicago), 133,910
Anita Purves Nature Center (Urbana), 10,000
Arlington Heights Historical Museum (Arlington Heights), 10,000
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), 487,500
Black Hawk State Historic Site (Rock Island), 10,000
Brookfield Zoo (Brookfield), 487,500
Burpee Museum of Natural History (Rockford), 16,594
Cabin Nature Center (Wood Dale), 10,000
Chicago Athenaeum at Schaumburg, 20,234
Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe), 268,373
Chicago Children's Museum (Chicago), 74,126
Chicago Cultural Center, 28,410
Chicago Historical Society, 173,275
Children's Museum of Illinois (Decatur), 10,000
Des Plaines Historical Museum, 10,000
Discovery Center Museum (Rockford), 15,086
DuPage County Historical Museum (Wheaton), 10,000
Durant House Museum (St. Charles), 10,000
DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago), 34,990
Early American Museum (Mahomet), 10,000
Elgin Area Historical Society, 10,000
Elgin Public Museum, 10,000
Ellwood House Museum (DeKalb), 10,000
Emily Oaks Nature Center (Skokie), 10,000
Fabyan Villa Museum (St. Charles), 10,000
Farmhouse Museum (Elk Grove Village), 10,000
Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago), 487,500
General John A. Logan Museum (Murphysboro), 10,000
Glen Oak Zoo (Peoria), 10,000
Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest (Oak Park), 10,000
Illinois State Museum (Springfield), 161,774
JFK Health World (Barrington), 34,931
John A. Logan College Museum and Art Galleries (Carterville), 10,000
John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago), 439,124
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Rockford), 10,000
Kohl Children's Museum (Wilmette), 41,035
Lake County Museum (Wauconda), 10,000
Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences (Peoria), 23,425
Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago), 338,859
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site (Petersburg), 20,980
Lisle Station Park (Lisle), 10,000
Macon County Historical Society (Decatur), 10,000
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (Chicago), 48,090
Midway Village & Museum Center (Rockford), 13,866
Morton Arboretum (Lisle), 150,449
Museum of Broadcast Communications (Chicago), 23,249
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), 263,996
Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago), 487,500
Naper Settlement (Naperville), 24,399
Oak Park Conservatory, 10,000
Old Courthouse Museum (Bloomington), 12,573
Old State Capitol State Historic Site (Springfield), 10,000
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, 190,538
Pleasant Home (Oak Park), 10,000
Raupp Memorial Museum (Buffalo Grove), 10,000
Red Oak Nature Center (Aurora), 10,000
Robert Crown Center for Health Education (Hinsdale) 20,023
Rockford Art Museum, 12,692
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary and Volkening Heritage Farm (Schaumburg), 10,000
Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center (Geneva), 10,000
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum (Rockford), 10,000
Walter E. Heller Nature Center (Highland Park), 10,000
Washington Park Botanical Garden (Springfield), 10,000
West Chicago Museum (West Chicago), 10,000
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