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Photo by Bob Martuch
Article by Ruth Mancina

The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History has received grants from two major organizations—Dow Corning and the Smithsonian Institution.

A $5,000 grant from the Dow Corning Donor Advised Fund through the Saginaw Community Foundation is targeted for History on the Move, a mobile museum and classroom that is available for free to all schools in Saginaw County. The interactive program allows children in grades 2-5 to learn about the field of archaeology and how an archaeologist works.

The Smithsonian Institution awarded a $5,000 community grant to assist the Museum in creating a local companion exhibit for Bittersweet Harvest:The Bracero Program, which is opening at the Castle on May 21, 2011.

Bittersweet Harvest is organized by the National Museum of American History and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. It is a moving bilingual exhibition that examines the experiences of the bracero workers and their families. Bracero is derived from the Spanish word “braza” meaning arm, which refers to farm hands or labor for hire.

“We are honored to have been chosen for these grants,” Executive Director Ken Santa said. “These grants will assist the Museum in continuing to bring engaging, interactive and educational programs to the Great Lakes Bay Region.”

The Castle Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Historical Society of Saginaw County is committed to serve the community by telling the continuing story of the people of the Saginaw region through exploration, preservation, and presentation of their historical and cultural heritage.

© Ruth Mancina, 2011