“I think these exhibits kind of represent our collective identity as a community, and certainly with what we’ve all been through over the past 18 months, they represent our shared experiences as a community,” said Rachael Mullins, President and CEO of Putnam.
The Putnam is the only museum in Iowa to receive the grant.
Partners for the update include Azubuike African American Council for the Arts, Friends of Martin Luther King, LULAC Council 10, the Iowa Women’s Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries, and World Relief Quad Cities. The Science Museum of Minnesota will also help bring new voices to “River, Prairie and People”.
Each of the partners is involved in community projects, all with the aim of highlighting the rich and diverse history of the Quad-Cities. They collaborated in researching and compiling oral histories, and each received $ 15,000 from the United Way United for Equity initiative to work on their own projects, which match those of Putnam.
In addition to the LULAC Council 10 Youth Council speaking with people in the community to document their stories, the organization also creates films and writes Latinx history lesson plans for local schools.
LULAC MP Mike Reyes said the Putnam exhibit “Mi Casa Nueva: QC Mexican Heritage”, as well as work in the University of Iowa archives, brought pride and curiosity to the community. community for their story, and this step forward will bring that story to the Public.