African/African American museum awarded two grants

| December 4, 2013
Dr. John Aden

Dr. John Aden is executive director of the African/African American Historical Society Museum of Fort Wayne, which recently was awarded grants from Community Foundation of Fort Wayne and PNC Bank. (Photo: Michael Patterson)

Frost Illustrated Staff Report

FORT WAYNE—The African/African American Historical Society Museum of Fort Wayne received some good fiscal news. Museum officials recently announced the organization was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and a separate $10,000 grant from PNC Bank.

The monies from the Community Foundation were granted to help support the AAAHSM’s general operating costs, while the PNC grant was awarded to fund the museum’s pre-K to five-year-old Early Learning Reading and Math program.

According to museum officials, the Early Learning
Reading and Math program is designed young children to reading concepts utilizing books with African and African American themes. The program also “helps young people master early mathematical facts” by incorporating the acclaimed TouchMath program into the curriculum.

In addition to the two recent grant awards, AAAHSM officials also announced plans for a community fundraiser on “Black Friday.”

From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Nov. 29—the day after Thanksgiving—Barnes & Noble bookstore at Jefferson Pointe is set to donate 10 percent of the purchases of all customers who mention the words “The Awesome” at the register to the African/African American Historical Society Museum. The fundraiser even extends to advance whole cheesecake orders from the bookstore’s café, provided the orders are picked up on Nov. 29. To place an order, call Barne’s & Noble at (260) 432-3343.

The museum also received a number of other notable donations recently, including paint from Sherwin Williams and the painting of the entryway and gift shop, donated by Mark Rosemond. The museum also was donated a 50” flat screen television and mounting to be used during education presentations.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 pm., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

For more information about the African/African American Historical Society Museum, call Executive Director John Aden, Ph.D., at (260) 420-0765. Hanna L. Stith is a founder and Danielle Ridley is president of the board of directors.

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