Museum Receives $2K “Make a Difference” Grant from the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

The Time and the Valleys Museum is honored to receive a $2,000 Make a Difference Fund Grant from the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. At the Foundation’s annual reception at Anthony’s Pier 9 Restaurant in New Windsor Wednesday night, Richard Coombe, President of the Time and the Valleys Museum and his wife, Phyllis Coombe, Chairperson of the Museum’s Program Committee, received a check from Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Rowley.

This important grant will be used to fund the cost of field trips for schools in Sullivan County to one of the Museum’s two educational programs:  

  • Tunnels, Toil and Trouble: Upstate Water and NYC: Students explore the interactive exhibition on NYC’s Water Supply System, see water contaminants, make water dirty and then clean again, understand the importance of watersheds and experience the losses of those who had their lands taken to build the water system.
  • Water Through History: Students identify fossils, discover the importance of waterwheels for early industries, handle native artifacts and learn about the importance of clean water through history.

Both of these programs have significant science and technology components which include using mathematical equations, learning how to determine the amount of water in their body, the water cycle, and what a watershed is. Students learn about the engineering behind building NYS water system reservoirs and tunnels, and have the opportunity to build their own tunnel with sand!  The cost of each program is $3 per student, with teachers and chaperones FREE.  A $,2000 grant from the Make a Difference Fund will enable over 650 students from around Sullivan County to visit the Museum for no cost at all!