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MSU Museum Gets $1.9 Million Gift for Curator


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A $.19 million to the Michigan State University Museum will create the first endowed curatorship.

"The Berryman MSU Museum Curator of History Endowment established by Julie Avery, Stephen Stier and Val Berryman" will create a new curator position for the museum's historical collections. It will be funded with gifts from the estates of donors.

Berryman died in January after serving nearly 50 years as curator of history for the MSU Museum, which is Michigan's leading public natural and cultural history museum. Avery recently retired from the museum, where she held various positions. Stier has held a research associate position with the history and folk arts units of the museum since 1995, focusing mainly on traditional building trades.

"This is a fantastic gift that will ensure the museum's historical programs are strong and vibrant into the future," said Gary Morgan, director of MSU Museum in a release. "There is no better way for Val's name to be remembered."

The museum announced the Berryman endowment on March 28 during the official opening of Berryman's final exhibition at the MSU Museum, "Adventures in Time and the 3rd Dimension: Through the Stereoscope." Featuring photographs from Berryman's personal collection, the exhibit explores 3D photography history, technology, pop culture and future directions.

This gift is the largest in the museum's history.

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