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Americana Board of Trustees Honors Long-time Trustees Gary Rentrop and Bob Janson

In May 2024, the Americana Foundation honored two long-time colleagues upon their retirement from the Board of Trustees. Gary Rentrop, a resident of Cross Village, MI, retired in December 2023 after serving on Americana’s Board of Trustees for nearly 44 years. Gary, an attorney in the partnership of Rentrop & Morrison, was a close advisor […]

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Empowering the Next Generation to Embrace Civic Responsibility: Civic Season by Made By Us

We are in an era marked by a significant decline in civic engagement, especially among young people. A 2022 study from the American Historical Association found that knowing history is correlated to higher levels of civic engagement, but according to the Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation), only 27% of young

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Exhibition co-sponsored by the Americana Foundation explores an untold chapter in American history

Exhibition co-sponsored by the Americana Foundation explores an untold chapter in American history

A landmark exhibition co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will focus on the work of Black potters in the 19th-century American South. The exhibition presents approximately 60 ceramic objects from Old Edgefield District, South Carolina, a center of stoneware production in the decades before the Civil War,

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Building a Place in the Soo for Children to Create, Learn, and Play

Building a Place in the Soo for Children to Create, Learn, and Play

Since 2016, the Soo Locks Children’s Museum, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, has been working with community partners to create a museum to serve nearly 4,000 children in a rural three-county region in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The area features tremendous natural resources but has a nearly 30% child poverty rate and few organized and affordable

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The Place to Bee: Detroit Hives and the GO GREEN Botanical Garden

The Place to Bee: Detroit Hives and the GO GREEN Botanical Garden

Detroit has long been home to a vibrant urban farming community, and many Detroiters and neighborhood associations have created green spaces to make their neighborhoods more attractive, healthier, and more sustainable. Still, many of the vacant lots in Detroit remain overgrown and neglected. According to Detroit Future City, Detroit has 24 square miles of vacant

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Historic New England: Expanding the Traditional Historical Narratives of New England Life

For more than a century, Historic New England (HNE) has engaged audiences to develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England home life. HNE’s 38 historic homes, farms, and landscapes across Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island span four centuries and feature a variety of architectural styles, beautiful gardens and natural areas.

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Americana Next Gen Cohort Selects Three 2022 Grantees

Americana Next Gen Cohort Selects Three 2022 Grantees

In the spring and summer of 2022, the “next generation” of Americana’s founding family participated in the second year of a program designed to introduce them to Americana’s mission, program areas, and priorities. The Next Gen cohort includes Jessie Harper, Kyle Harper, Ashley Thomas, Jennifer Thomas, and Nathan Thomas, all of whom are great-grandchildren of

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