‘Iolani Palace will be the recipient of a $65,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to plan new exhibits for its basement galleries. IMLS recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. ‘Iolani Palace is receiving one of the 244 awards through the agency’s grant programs.
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth will present a workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill, on September 18, to recognize the 2013 museum winners and to highlight successful applicants and awards. The event will showcase the many ways museums support learning experiences, serve as community anchors, and are stewards of cultural and scientific heritage through the preservation of their collections.
“We are very honored to be receiving this federal grant. The many stories of Iolani Palace and the Hawaiian monarchy have been waiting for so long to be told, and these funds will enable us to begin sharing even more with our guests from around the world,” said ‘Iolani Palace Executive Director Kippen de Alba Chu. The grant was awarded under the ‘Learning Experiences’ category and will provide funding for the Palace to plan new exhibits that appeal to a wider range of visitors and learning styles. It will allow for a larger, deeper story to be told that will resonate with both local and international audiences.