Michigan History Foundation to get $1 million grant

Jul 2, 2014

A $1 million grant is going to the Michigan History Foundation.

Credit Michigan Historical Center

It's from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and will help the Michigan Historical Museum revamp its 25-year-old exhibits.

But the grant is also meant to focus on racial equity. The money will be used for the museum's "Sharing Michigan's Untold Stories" project. Some of that will include stories of the indigenous tribes who where here before the Europeans came. 

Sandra Clark directs the Michigan Historical Center. She is working to incorporate diverse stories and voices into the museum.

"I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we don’t always have the best possible racial relations or relations with different ethnic groups in this state," said Clark. "We could do better." 

The Michigan Historical Foundation is working to raise another $2 million for the project.

"It is going to let us make this special emphasis on making sure we get all of Michigan’s stories in the exhibit this time and really reflect all the people that make up our state," added Clark. 

– Reem Nasr, Michigan Radio Newsroom