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MA-10-16-0092-16

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Fiscal Year: 
2016
Award: 
$102,370.00
City: 
Indianapolis
State: 
IN
Recipient Type: 
Museum
Program: 
Museums for America
Program Categories: 
MFA-Learning Experiences

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will digitize a collection of letters assembled by 1980s teen AIDS activist Ryan White, now part of the museum's collection, and create online school and family learning modules designed to teach targeted subjects through primary source documents. The online modules will also engage students, families, and volunteers in the crowd-sourced transcription of the letters, eventually contributing searchable transcriptions to the digital archive. By engaging with the digital learning modules and transcription activities, student and family learners will increase their understanding of using primary source material for learning about the past, learn more about the story of Ryan White, increase their connection to current societal issues in the U.S, and gain positive attitudes towards engagement with public history.