Thank you to the MCACA and the City of South Haven
2018 has been a good year for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum. The Museum was the recipient of two grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. The mission of the MCACA is broad, yet simple: To encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. MCACA does this by increasing the visibility of arts and culture throughout the state, supporting arts education, encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art and broadening cultural understanding.
The first was a Capital Improvement Grant in the amount of $18,200. By working with the City of South Haven, the years of debris was removed from the basement, the foundation was shored up, and a sump pump was installed. By doing this, the Bailey Board of Trustees can now catalog its extensive book collection and make two rooms on the second floor of the Museum a research library. It is the plan of the Board that the Museum becomes a research site for those seeing information about Liberty Hyde Bailey his work and his legacy.
The second was an Operational Support Grant in the amount of $11,200. The purpose of these grants is Operational Support is to provide operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Because of this support, the Bailey Museum was able to host the first Bailey Conference. The day-long Conference brought internationally known entomologist Douglas Tallamay, author of Bringing Nature Home, and 13 other noted botanists, agronomists, artists, authors, and farmers to South Haven.
The Bailey Board thanks the MCACA for overseeing the distribution of these grants. Further, it thanks the people of the State of Michigan for making this possible through their taxes.