FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 25, 2002
Holly Milledge, 816-268-8245
. Public Relations/Marketing, or
Edeen Martin, 816-268-8218
. Director of Public and External
Harry S. Truman Library Institute receives Kauffman Foundation Grant
to continue Educational Outreach.
The Harry S. Truman
Library Institute is proud to announce it has received a grant of $100,000
from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support educational outreach
programs for central city schools, and to proceed with the first year
of a three year program of colloquiums, workshops, and professional development
opportunities for teachers. This educational program is to improve the
teaching of American history in the Kansas City area.
The grant will allow the Truman Library Institute to present a colloquium
in July 2003, titled "Harry's Farewell" and focus on the historical
significance of Truman's presidency. The colloqium will bring together
nationally recognized scholars and American history teachers from the
Kansas City area to discuss the most recent historical thinking relating
to aspects of Truman's presidency and the best ways of bringing these
ideas into the classroom. In addition, a series of workshops will bring
teachers into contact with educational experts who can advise them on
ways to effectively use historical evidence and concepts in teaching American
history. Teachers will enhance their skills as educators and will become
advocates of new ways of teaching American history and mentors to other
teachers who want to bring the new methods into their classrooms.
The grant will also allow the Truman Library Institute to continue outreach
activities that they have been engaged in, for two years. These activities
- In-service training
to teachers and other informational programs to teachers and school
- Providing of educational
products to teachers, including the popular Truman Footlocker, containing
Truman related replicas and teaching lessons, document based games such
as "Top Secret World War II" and "The Spy's Dilemma,"
and the map interpretation game, "The Hunt for Harry Truman".
- The development
and providing of curriculum materials to complement student visits to
Truman Library exhibits.
- The coordination
of the visits of school groups to the Truman Museum.
grant gives us a real chance to change history education in the Kansas
City area in ways that everyone wants and will be great for the kids,"
Truman Library director Mike Devine said. "I am grateful to the
Kauffman Foundation for giving us this opportunity. It's a challenge,
but I believe we can work with the teachers to do what should be done,
because we all believe in the kids. They are what is most important."
Presidential Museum & Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries
administered by the National Archives and