The has announced a $10 million endowment gift from the in support of educational programming.
The largest gift in the museum's 94-year history will fund activities related to "," a permanent exhibition covering four hundred years of New York City history that opened in November. Five years in the making and developed with an advisory group of the country's leading scholars and historians, the exhibit provides a wide range of programs, including K-12 class trips designed specifically for each of its three galleries; professional development events designed to inspire educators to bring literacy, science, geography, and history into the classroom; and curriculum-building lesson plans that bring the past, present, and future of New York City to life in engaging and informative ways.
"We want to thank the Thompson Family Foundation for this generous gift, which is a vote of support for the vision and hard work of our board and our talented staff," said Whitney Donhauser, the museum's Ronay Menschel Director. "The tremendously successful opening of New York at Its Core has elevated the awareness of the museum and reinforces [its] role as an educational resource for the students, teachers, and parents of New York City."
"As young boys, Wade Thompson and I had a similar dream — being part of New York, our 'City of Ambition'," said Alan Siegel, a Thompson Family Foundation director and MCNY trustee. "Wade's daughter, Amanda Riegel, the president of the foundation, the other members of the Thompson family, and I want our youth to know New York's remarkable history, particularly the diversity of its people, so that they understand that in New York anything is possible. 'New York at Its Core' is a fabulous tool to help achieve that goal."