Putnam Receives Grants from Humanities Iowa and Illinois Humanities Council for the Jewish History in the Quad Cities Project

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

DAVENPORT, Iowa (February 4, 2015) – The Putnam is pleased to announce that it has received grant awards of $10,000 from Humanities Iowa and $2,500 from the Illinois Humanities Council for its Jewish History in the Quad Cities Project. Grant funds will support the creation of a major exhibit on local Jewish History that will open at the Putnam in September as well as the development of a more substantial collection of artifacts and documents related to the Jewish community. The main exhibit will be augmented by a travelling exhibit that will appear at area venues such as libraries starting this spring as well as by programming. The project is being undertaken with the support and involvement of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and guest curator, Art Pitz, with additional funding from the Federation, the Iowa Arts Council (a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs) and the Rauch Family Foundation II.

The major exhibit will highlight the culture and history of Jews in the Quad Cities. Tracing Jewish history in our region from its earliest days on each side of the river, the exhibit will help area residents understand the history and civic, commercial and cultural contributions of the QC Jewish community by way of featured stories, images and objects from area families.

Putnam President and CEO, Kim Findlay expressed appreciation for the grants: “We are very grateful for these grants, which will allow area residents of all backgrounds to learn about this cultural group which has added so much to our community’s vitality.”

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About Humanities Iowa and the Illinois Humanities Council: Humanities Iowa is a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is supported in part by the NEH and the Illinois General Assembly (through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency), as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the exhibit, by speakers, program participants or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Humanities Iowa, the Illinois Humanities Council, their partnering organizations or funders.