Latimer House Receives Multi-Year Federal Grant

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Flushing, NY—The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum receives a two-year federal grant totaling $67,807.00 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as one of 26 grantees in fiscal year 2018, through the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture.

The Latimer House will use this grant to hire and train an Education Coordinator to enhance the museum’s educational programs and strengthen its relationship with schools and families in Queens. This is the second grant the museum has received from the IMLS within the past 2 years.

Ran Yan, Executive Director of the Latimer House Museum, said “We are excited to have a new staff member join the team and expand our educational programs. This will help the museum reach more young people in the city, teach them about Lewis H. Latimer’s legacy in electric lighting, and implement projects in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). We are grateful for the support from local school districts and Congresswoman Grace Meng for obtaining this grant.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY 6th District) said she was pleased to have once again helped the Lewis Latimer House Museum secure an important federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “The Lewis Latimer House is a wonderful facility right here in Queens and these funds will play a critical role in the expansion of its important education programs.” she said, “This money will also go a long way towards increasing the number of people that visit the museum, and it will educate more people, especially students and families, about the pioneering contributions that Lewis Latimer made to our nation. I thank the Lewis Latimer House for keeping Lewis Latimer’s legacy alive, and for preserving the rich history of our borough.”

The Latimer House Museum launched its key educational program, Tinker Lab, in 2016, to focus on STEAM subjects for Pre-K through 12th Grade, and has since organized various weekend workshops, school trips, holiday tinker festivals, and summer camps. The museum also hosts public events for adults to celebrate Lewis Latimer and other minorities’ contributions to technology, poetry, and American life.

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