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Maidu Interpretive Center awarded grant

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Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Maidu Interpretive Center’s new building will have a new set of exhibits emphasizing native families and traditions. The exhibits will juxtapose historical information with contemporary native life and culture. This grant ensures that when construction of the new Maidu Interpretive Center is complete in early 2010, a new set of exhibits will educate and engage Center visitors. “Our hope is that these exhibits, and the new Center, will help raise public understanding and appreciation for the Maidu Historic Site, portray Maidu history as accurately as possible, dispel myths about California Indian culture, and create awareness for the contemporary Maidu people and their ongoing traditions,” said Center Director Kris Stevens. Exhibits will explore topics such as daily life, language, conflicting world views and sensitive topics such as the Maidu Trail of Tears and the relocation of the Maidu people. A second award from IMLS will help the Maidu Interpretive Center to care for their exhibits and artifacts for years to come. The Center received the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a set of conservation books and DVDs to help educate Center staff and volunteers. The Maidu Interpretive Center is located in Maidu Regional Park, 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive. The Center is open to the public and offers guided tours of the site. For more information, visit www.imls.gov.