Historical Society Recognizes UM-Flint Project

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Janet Haley, assistant professor in the Theater and Dance Department, and Mona Younis from the Office of University Outreach were recently recognized for outstanding achievement in historical preservation within the community for the Glen-Wood: Restoration of Spirit cemetery tours and performance program.

Peter Lemelin (far left), the Glenwood Cemetery sexton, and Michael Freeman (far right), president of the Genesee County Historical Society, presented the Heritage Day Award to Younis (center left) and Hailey (center right) at the society's annual dinner.

"Mona Younis and Janet Haley were instrumental in the advancement of knowledge and intergenerational appreciation of our collective history through this collaborative project between the historical society and the University of Michigan-Flint," said Freeman. "We hope that this project will create new opportunities for partnerships between our organization and our local academic institutions."

Haley called the award a tremendous honor, and said it recognizes the talents of over 100 people from many disciplines that were involved with the Glen-wood theatre project. She said plans are being made to re-mount the event again in fall 2012.

"The Glen-Wood Project is a perfect example of how faculty scholarship and experiential learning can work together to make a meaningful difference in our local community and campus," said Younis, Outreach service-learning coordinator. " UM-Flint is deeply honored by the 2011 Heritage Day Award, and partnering with the Genesee County Historical Society and Glenwood Cemetery."

The Glen-Wood: Restoration of Spirit project was the recipient of a 2010 Arts of Citizenship fellowship with UM-Ann Arbor.

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