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Garfield Farm Museum stuides scholarship available

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Submitted by Garfield Farm Museum

Garfield Farm Museum recently announced the sixth annual $2,000 scholarship for graduate studies in museum administration. Applications must be made by Thursday, Jan. 31.

The Garfield Farm Museum Historic Administration Scholarship Fund has been established within the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. This annual scholarship is focused on students at the master's level or higher, pursuing degrees in historic administration, archaeology, public history, museum administration or related fields of study who preferably have demonstrated a strong commitment to the preservation of historic sites through their studies, work experience, volunteer or other community activities. Ron Yenerich, a friend and donor to Garfield Farm Museum, is underwriting the scholarship.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley handles all the administration of the scholarship funds and applications. Potential applicants from the southern half of Kane County and Kendall County enrolled at an accredited college or university should call (630) 896-7800 or visit

Outstanding candidates that live in proximity to the Fox Valley in Will, DuPage or northern Kane County, also will be given due consideration.

This scholarship is an important extension of the museum's educational goal to provide opportunity to all age levels and academic endeavors. From grade-schoolers making their first visit to a historic farm to adult volunteers learning how to create and support a nonprofit organization, the impact of Garfield Farm Museum as an educational institution exceeds the common perception of what a museum does. The successful candidate will also be given special consideration if she or he later applies for Garfield Farm Museum's Graduate Student Internship Program.

Since 1983, the museum has sought graduate school interns to help them get hands on experience of running a historic site from the ground up. This is at the heart of its mission to educate the public in the inseparable story of this country's heritage, its agricultural bounty and blessings of nature. The goal of the farm is to be a hands-on learning experience in daily life of 1840s farming. The museum has shared hands on experiences of how to create such a museum through experiences in building restoration, prairie management, rare breeds livestock care, historic demonstrations, event planning and management, public speaking, volunteer management, fundraising, and networking.

The 370-acre Garfield Farm Museum is the only historically intact former 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored by donors and volunteers from 2,800 households in 37 states as an 1840s working farm museum. The farm is owned by the nonprofit Campton Historic Agricultural Lands with Garfield Heritage Society providing the interpretation of the site through tours and programs. For information, call (630) 584-8485 or email Visit [URL];[URL].[/URL]