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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 1999

RYAN ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION IN MUSEUM OPERATING GRANTS

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today awarded $5 million in grants to museums and other facilities for programs that enhance educational opportunities for students.

"These grants provide funding for increased technology and will expand learning programs and enhance classroom education for students by creating partnerships between museums and schools," Ryan said.

Facilities can use the grant funds for a variety of projects, including enhancing technology links between museums and schools, involving students directly in museum programs or projects, expanding interactive programs between museums and classrooms, providing specialized training programs for teachers, funding student internships at museums or creating new educational programs for students.

Grants are awarded based on an applicant's average operating expenditures. Illinois museums which are operated by or located on land owned by a unit of local government, or which have an annual attendance of at least 150,000 and offer educational programs to school groups during school hours were eligible for funding.

Additional information about the Public Museum Operating Grant Program is available by calling 217/782-7388.

Attached is a list of grant recipients.

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MUSEUM OPERATING GRANT RECIPIENTS

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago$133,910
Anita Purves Nature Center, Urbana,$10,000
Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Arlington Heights$10,000
Art Institute of Chicago (The), Chicago$487,500
Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island$10,000
Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford$16,594
Cabin Nature Center (The), Wood Dale$10,000
Chicago Athenaeum at Schaumburg (The), Schaumburg$20,234
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe$268,373
Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago$74,126
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago $28,410
Chicago Historical Society, Chicago $173,275
Chicago Zoological Park - Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield$487,500
Children's Museum of Illinois, Decatur$10,000
Des Plaines Historical Museum, Des Plaines$10,000
Discovery Center Museum, Rockford $15,086
DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton $10,000
Durant House Museum, St. Charles$10,000
DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago$34,990
Early American Museum, Mahomet$10,000
Elgin Area Historical Society & Museum, Elgin$10,000
Elgin Public Museum, Elgin $10,000
Ellwood House Museum, DeKalb$10,000
Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie$10,000
Fabyan Villa Museum, St. Charles$10,000
Farmhouse Museum, Elk Grove Village$10,000
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago$487,500
General John A. Logan Museum, Murphysboro$10,000
Glen Oak Zoo, Peoria$10,000
Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, Oak Park$10,000
Illinois State Museum, Springfield $161,774
JFK Health World, Barrington $34,931
John A. Logan College Museum and Art Galleries, Carterville$10,000
John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago$439,124
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Rockford $10,000
Kohl Children's Museum, Wilmette$41,035
Lake County Museum,Wauconda$10,000
Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences, Peoria$23,425
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago$338,859
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg$20,980
Lisle Station Park, Lisle$10,000
Macon County Historical Society, Decatur$10,000
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago$48,090
Midway Village & Museum Center,Rockford $13,866
Morton Arboretum, Lisle$150,449
Museum of Broadcast Communications, Chicago$23,249
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago$263,996
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago$487,500
Naper Settlement, Naperville$24,399
Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park$10,000
Old Courthouse Museum, Bloomington$12,573
Old State Capitol State Historic Site,Springfield $10,000
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago$190,538
Pleasant Home, Oak Park$10,000
Raupp Memorial Museum, Buffalo Grove$10,000
Red Oak Nature Center, Aurora$10,000
Robert Crown Center for Health Education, Hinsdale $20,023
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford$12,692
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary and Volkening Heritage Farm, Schaumburg$10,000
Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center, Geneva$10,000
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, Rockford$10,000
Walter E. Heller Nature Center, Highland Park$10,000
Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield$10,000
West Chicago Museum, West Chicago$10,000


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