Youth Program Director Matthew Hackett gives a tour of the Troy Historic Village during the “Scouts and Scholars: History Hikers” program last February.

Youth Program Director Matthew Hackett gives a tour of the Troy Historic Village during the “Scouts and Scholars: History Hikers” program last February.

File photo by Sarah Purlee


Grant to help ‘Civil’-ize eighth-graders through Troy Historic Village

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published January 29, 2019

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TROY — The Troy Historical Society, which has operated and funded the Troy Historic Village since 2010, has once again received a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

The grant will allow the village to expand its Civil War Days one-day immersion program, which is offered to eighth-graders each May. It will also allow the village to offer its History to You-Civil War program.

According to the Michigan Humanities Council website, the grants “emphasize collaboration among cultural, educational and community-based organizations and institutions in order to serve Michigan’s people with public humanities programming.”

“We’ve had requests from school districts in Farmington and Southfield to bring it to them,” Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village, said of the History to You-Civil War program.

She explained that just over half of the grant funding will be used to develop the History to You-Civil War portable pilot program, which could be presented in libraries, cafeterias and classrooms.

The remaining grant funding will be used to identify and digitally inventory documents, images, maps and small objects that will be displayed in the Niles Barnard House when it is renovated and opened to the public. Curator Elizabeth Thornburg will work with a small group of graduate student interns and volunteers to complete the task.

“The need for understanding, personal connections and civil discourse is great, and these projects bring our state opportunities to share our stories and engage in dialogues with each other,” Anne Belanger, Michigan Humanities Council board chair, said in a prepared statement.

“The Troy Historical Society constantly seeks ways to make village programs and resources accessible to the public,” said the Troy Historical Society’s new president, state Rep. Padma Kuppa, D-Troy, in a prepared statement. “We are excited about these new initiatives, which bring history to life, and grateful to the Michigan Humanities Council for their financial support.”

“We’re very proud of the five years of funding we’ve received from the Michigan Humanities Council,” Campbell said. “I like to tell people that these are your tax dollars working for you.”

The 2018-19 budget for the Troy Historic Village is $453,000, of which $100,000 is funded by the city of Troy and about $55,000 from grant funding.

The Troy Historic Village is located at 60 W. Wattles Road.

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