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$112,500 FEDERAL GRANT FOR MACKINAC STATE HISTORIC PARKS

 MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Carl R. Nold has announced that the parks have been awarded a grant of $112,500 from the Institute of Museum Services (IMS), a federal agency which provides operating support for museums nationwide. This is the first time that the parks have received a grant under the IMS program. The grant award is valid for a two-year period beginning Oct. 1, 1993, and will be used to expand education programs operated by the parks.
 IMS received 1,442 applications for the 1994-95 grant cycle from museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. Just 300 awards were made, including nine in Michigan. Mackinac State Historic Parks received the maximum award amount available.
 Nold cites the quality of the parks museum programs as responsible for the award. "This application evaluates the existing quality of a museum's programs, and ranks the institution on the basis of its ability to meet professional standards. Our ongoing programs of archaeology and research, our advances toward computerization of collection management, and our use of visitor evaluation studies were considered marks of excellence when our application was reviewed," Nold stated.
 The parks plan to utilize the award to further develop museum education programs at the Straits area museums and to take to schools and organizations throughout Michigan. The award complements efforts by Mackinac Associates, the parks membership group, to develop support for new educational programs and expanded school services.
 Mackinac State Historic Parks -- a family of "living history" parks and museums -- was established in 1895 to preserve the historic and natural resources of the Mackinac region. Four sites -- Fort Mackinac and Mackinac Island State Park on Mackinac Island, and Colonial Michilimackinac and Historic Mill Creek in Mackinaw City -- welcome over 1.2 million visitors annually. The parks offer historical and educational programs, colorful interpretive activities and numerous special events to help travelers discover the rich heritage of Mackinac.
 The parks remain open until Oct. 17, 1993. For more information contact Mackinac State Historic Parks, P.O. Box 370, Mackinac Island, MI 49757-0370, 906-847-3328 voice, or 906-847-6044 TDD.
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 /CONTACT: Judy Ann Miller of Mackinac State Historic Parks, 906-847-3328, or 906-847-6044 (TDD)/


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