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October 9th, 2014 by Denison Museum

The Den
Thursday, October 9th, 2014

As admissions tours move from Beth Eden to their first stop, Swasey Chapel, student guides begin their story: “Denison was founded in 1831 by Baptist ministers. While we are no longer affiliated with the church, we still use our chapel as a gathering place. …”

Soon, students and the public will be able to learn more about one aspect of this religious heritage with a click of a mouse. Humanities Librarian Josh Finnell, Denison Museum Director Sherry Harlacher, and Assistant Professor of Religion Jonathan Moore are working to create a digital map marking the lives of Denison graduates who worked a century ago as Baptist missionaries overseas.

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For students, others’ trash becomes artistic treasure at ‘From Ditch to Dazzling’

January 23rd, 2014 by Denison Museum

The Columbus Dispatch
January 23, 2014

Todd Camp knows that creating museum-worthy art is so easy that a 5-year-old can do it.

Camp helped his son, Tosh, make a sculpture out of items the two picked up recently while walking around Dillon Lake in Muskingum County.

“We found all sorts of odds and ends, driftwood and stuff that had washed up onshore,” said Camp, an artist from Newark. “Lots of plastic pieces, including a container that held chicken livers (used for fish bait).”

Tosh Camp will be the youngest exhibitor — but not the only child — involved in “From Ditch to Dazzling,” a show of recycled art that will open on Friday at the Works, Ohio Center of History, Art and Technology, in Newark.

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From Ditch to Dazzling

January 23rd, 2014 by Denison Museum

The Newark Advocate
January 23, 2014

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Denison Museum receives two grants to improve collections

October 8th, 2013 by Denison Museum

The Newark Advocate
October 8, 2013

Denison Museum has just received two pieces of very good news. The teaching museum was granted funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and from the Heritage Preservation Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) to update and improve their collections’ conditions and catalog.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by both these fine institutions in the form of funding for these crucial initiatives,” says Sherry Harlacher, director of the Denison Museum. “We were in stiff competition with other institutions that have been around a lot longer, have deeper pockets and much larger staffs. Seasoned grant reviewers, who are drawn from various museums, agreed that Denison Museum not only has a very significant collection, but has crafted a well-designed project that measures up to the highest standards of museum practice.”

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Denison Museum presents “Personal Space”

September 24th, 2013 by Denison Museum

The Denisonian
Tuesday September 24, 2013

by Grant Veltman

Among conversations between Denison students are discussions about parts of campus yet to be explored, hidden gems awaiting their arrival. For some, the Denison Museum is one such undiscovered gem. Located on the ground floor of Burke Recital Hall, the Denison Museum boasts first-class resources that make rearranging for new exhibits a concept unlimited in possibility.

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Can Granville be more green? Residents think so

September 24th, 2013 by Denison Museum

The Newark Advocate
September 24, 2013

How “green” is Granville?

A Denison University Environmental Practicum class heard from residents that the community has its foot in the door toward being green, but that more can be done.

“I think Granville is on its way to being a green community,” said Doris Jane Conway, a member of the United Church of Granville, mentioning as evidence the presence of the Going Green Store and the Granville Farmers Market. “I think we’ve got a lot going for us.”

The challenges? Absence of public transportation, too few people growing their own food, and more local purchasing.

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Green revolution initiative comes to Licking County

September 7th, 2013 by Denison Museum

The Newark Advocate
September 7, 2013

Licking County is going green. At least, it’s trying to.

The Works has partnered with Denison University to bring the Green Revolution to Licking County, a year of eco-themed educational programming and activities aimed at promoting environmental awareness and to teach everyone who calls Licking County home how they can live more sustainably.

The initiative got its start locally when Denison approached The Works to ask whether the museum was interested in implementing the “Green Revolution” virtual exhibition, which was created by a partnership between Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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IMLS Announces Grants of $25 Million for U.S. Museums

September 6th, 2013 by Denison Museum

Institute of Museum and Library Services
September 6, 2013

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 186 museum projects totaling $25,173,005. The museums were selected from 707 applications requesting a total of $97,777,608 and were awarded through the highly competitive Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $35,243,683 in non-federal funds.

“Federal support from IMLS helps museums provide opportunities for children, families, and adults to explore science, history, art, and the natural world,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “With these grants, museums of all sizes and types provide new and memorable learning experiences, care for treasured collections, and take an active role in strengthening communities.”

The Museums for America grants support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to address its key needs or challenges for better service to its community. The National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public.

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84 Museums Will Participate in the Conservation Assessment Program

July 16th, 2013 by Denison Museum

Institute of Museum and Library Services
July 16, 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), which assists small museums in providing appropriate care for endangered collections, has announced this year’s participating museums. For 2013, 84 museums in 34 states have been selected to have the condition of their collections and historic structures assessed. CAP is administered by Heritage Preservation and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its National Leadership Grants for Museums program.

Some 2013 recipients include the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby, North Dakota; the Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens in Devon, Pennsylvania; the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon in Charleston, South Carolina; and the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, California. To view a complete list of 2013 CAP participants, visit

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Denison Museum to host family day and book-making workshop

April 16th, 2013 by Denison Museum

The Newark Advocate
April 16, 2013

The Denison Museum invites families to stop by from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday for Family Day.

The museum will offer a variety of family-friendly activities, including a scavenger hunt through the exhibitions on display in the museum.

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— Cara Lovati '09