Rhodes Awarded Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Publication Date: 10/4/2010
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced that Rhodes College is one of 34 institutions receiving one of its National Leadership Grants, which total more than $17 million. It is expected the projects funded by the grants will have national impact and generate results that can be widely replicated.
Rhodes will partner with the Memphis Public Library, the National Civil Rights Museum and other community partners to create the Memphis Coalition for Cultural Heritage (MCCH). As a result of these collaborations, MCCH will engage communities in preserving and telling the stories of their neighborhoods as part of a dialogue to address past and present social inequities and their impact on Memphis and the Mid-South.
The grant project will build on Rhodes’ Crossroads to Freedom initiative. Established in 2006, Crossroads is a digital library of oral history interviews and other primary sources related to the civil rights era as well as the cultural history of Memphis. Student teams identify individuals to interview, conduct video interviews and edit the transcripts as well as catalogue and upload the interviews.
Says Suzanne Bonefas, director of special projects at Rhodes, “The IMLS funding will enable Rhodes and our partners to continue to empower community members to participate in preserving the rich and complex history of Memphis, and to create a model that can be shared with other cities and regions.”
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the institute, visit www.imls.gov.