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Museum gets $750,000 grant to develop Hmong exhibit

MADISON, Wis., July 1, 2002, Monday

The Madison Children's Museum will develop a traveling exhibit on Hmong culture with a $750,000 grant.

The exhibit will open at the museum in January 2004 before traveling to 10 other museums starting in June 2004.

The museum received the grant from the Vermont-based Freeman Foundation, which promotes greater understanding between Asia and the United States.

"We want people to understand the true aspects of Hmong culture," said Nancy Francisco-Welke, the museum's director of development and marketing.

The exhibit will show three phases of Hmong history: a Laotian village, how the culture changed while the Hmong were in refugee camps in Thailand and a modern Hmong-American family home.

Wisconsin, with 34,000 Hmong, and Minnesota, with 42,000, are home to 45 percent of the nation's Hmong population.

On the Net: Madison Children's Museum: http://www.kidskiosk.org/