Library of Congress Awards Grant to Queens College to Support New Uses of its Godwin-Terbach Museum Collections in Middle and High School Classrooms
–Godwin-Ternbach Is the Only Art Museum In the City University of New York and Also the Only Museum in the Borough of Queens With a Collection Spanning Antiquity to Present-Day–
Flushing, New York—A grant to Queens College will help the Godwin-Ternbach Museum (GTM) continue to support curriculum priorities in middle and high schools. Awarded by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, the grant funds use of the museum collections to develop interdisciplinary lesson plans aimed at teaching “hard history.” The two-year, $20,000 grant was secured by project leaders Maria Pio (museum co-director) and Jay Shuttleworth, David Gerwin, and Susan McCullough (faculty in the School of Education).
The TPS grant is expected to have long-lasting results. Students who complete the revised graduate coursework will acquire “ambassadorial” skills in teaching TPS goals and methods to others. They will also be encouraged to work with other cultural institutions in the New York area, such as the Queens Memory Project and the Urban Archive, to develop and share lesson plans that incorporate the many locally held collections of art and historical resources.