ROBERT DAVID LION GARDINER FOUNDATION PLEDGES
OVER $1 MILLION TO THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Foundation will endow a permanent fellowship at the New-York Historical Society and support its inaugural women’s history exhibition with a grant of $50,000

New York, NY -- The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has pledged $1 million to endow an academic-term research fellowship at the New-York Historical Society. This extraordinary commitment matches a leadership challenge grant issued by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a permanent endowment for New-York Historical’s fellowship program. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation  ̶  Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship will be offered annually to an exceptional early-career scholar to conduct research on New York State history within New-York Historical’s Library collections. The Foundation has also provided a $50,000 grant to support Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibition in New-York Historical’s new Center for Women’s History.

“The New-York Historical Society is honored to partner with the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation in pursuit of our shared mission to advance public understanding of New York State history,” said New-York Historical Society’s President & CEO Louise Mirrer. “We are deeply grateful for the Foundation’s leadership support for ongoing scholarly research and new exhibition programming that will reach a broad audience.”

"The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is proud to be a sponsor for the upcoming New-York Historical Society exhibition Saving Washington,” said Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation“We are also delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to endow this fellowship. The incredible resources of the New-York Historical Society will offer the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship scholars a unique opportunity to explore and interpret our regional history."

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
Over the last two decades, the New-York Historical Society’s competitive fellowship program has served a broad range of researchers pursuing significant works of scholarship and has firmly established New-York Historical as a leading center for the study of New York and American history. To ensure these remarkable opportunities are available in perpetuity, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation issued a challenge grant of $2 million to establish a dedicated endowment. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation generously responded, providing $1 million in matching endowment funds to sustain a permanent academic-term fellowship position.

Applications for the first Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow will be accepted in the fall of 2017, with the first residency beginning in 2018. While in residence, the fellow will have unfettered access to the resources of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society and will contribute to the institution’s active intellectual community. Resident fellows are encouraged to explore the collections and take advantage of the full scope of the institution’s collections and resources and to share their research during their tenure through informal talks, publications, and social media engagement.

Saving Washington
Exploring the tenuousness of early American democracy after the Revolutionary War through the War of 1812, Saving Washington recasts the traditional Founding Fathers narrative to focus on the less-examined contributions of women whose behind-the-scenes efforts helped develop the young nation and realize the Constitution “on the ground.” The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided a grant of $50,000 to support this exhibition. Stories of Gardiner’s Island in Suffolk County and the Gardiner family will be woven into inventive interactive media installations within the exhibition gallery and the exhibition’s companion K-12 curriculum materials, illuminating the ways in which 18th- and early 19th-century Americans navigated the national political landscape.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is home to more than 350,000 books, three million manuscripts, and distinctive collections of maps, photographs, and prints, as well as ephemera and family papers documenting the history of the United States from a distinctly New York perspective. New-York Historical’s collections are particularly rich in material pertaining to the American Revolution and the early Republic, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age. To learn more, visit www.nyhistory.org.

About the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history, with an emphasis on Suffolk County. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner’s Island, NY. For more information about the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, please visit www.rdlgfoundation.org.

Press Contacts
Ines Aslan
New-York Historical Society
212.485.9264
Ines.aslan@nyhistory.org

Marybeth Ihle
New-York Historical Society
212-873-3400 ext. 326
marybeth.ihle@nyhistory.org

Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director
Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Inc.
148 E. Montauk Hwy. Hampton Bays, NY 11946
631-594-3990
Kathryn@rdlgfoundation.org

Date: 
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Creative: Tronvig Group