HSM Hires Staff Members with Help of Kellogg Grant

Posted January 9, 2012

In 2011, the Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) was awarded a major grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Designed to help the Society more fully engage minority and underserved communities in the appreciation of Michigan’s history, the grant has enabled the Society to hire two new employees to assist with that goal.

Tamara C. Barnes has been named the organization’s Assistant Director for Diversity and Outreach. Barnes has a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Michigan University and a master’s in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York. Prior to joining the Society, Barnes was the executive director of the Salem County Historical Society in New Jersey. In that role, she led the Society in developing an award-winning African-American oral history project, a summer camp with scholarships for underprivileged youth, and the expansion of school and camp lessons based on the native cultures of the area. She also has experience with both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania History Day programs.

Barnes’ responsibilities with HSM will include developing outreach to increase the participation of minority and underserved communities participating in Michigan History Day (National History Day in Michigan); developing training and workshop opportunities that will impact the preservation of history in those communities; and ensuring that the history of Michigan’s minorities is represented in both the Chronicle and Michigan History magazine. She will also assist in the content development for the Society’s three major conferences and encourage an increased minority participation in Mulling Over Michigan.

The position of Education and Conference Coordinator has been filled by Sara L. Schultz, who received her master’s in socio-cultural studies of education—which emphasizes diversity in educational settings— this fall. Schultz was previously the peer education coordinator for Career and Student Employment Services at Western Michigan University and, before that, was part of the Detroit Science Center’s education staff.

Working closely with the Assistant Director for Diversity and Outreach, Schultz will assist in administering outreach to increase minority participation in Michigan History Day (MHD), as well as provide support at the Society’s education, conference, and workshop programs. Schultz will also oversee various MHD tasks, including coordinating conference and meeting duties; assisting in meeting planning and registration, and providing on-site coordination support.

“We are excited about both Tammy and Sara joining our team and believe they will be very effective in achieving our goals with the Kellogg grant and in their impact and involvement in other key areas of HSM’s operations,” said Larry Wagenaar, the Society’s executive director.

Both Barnes and Schultz assumed their new positions January 2012.

The Historical Society of Michigan is the state’s official historical society and oldest cultural organization. It was founded in 1828 by territorial governor Lewis Cass and explorer Henry Schoolcraft. Today, the Society focuses on its five mission areas: publications, education, conferences, historic recognition programs, and support for local historical organizations. For more information about the Society, visit www.hsmichigan.org or call (800) 692-1828.

Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. For further information, visit the foundation’s website at www.wkkf.org.


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