Wendy Kendall wrote the grant for the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum as part of her executive MBA program at Colorado Technical University � Sioux Falls Campus. Kendall received a B.S in information systems from Dakota State University, attended graduate school at USD, and received an MBA with a concentration in public administration from Colorado Technical University. She is currently employed by Premier Bankcard.
The grant from the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund will provide computer and presentation equipment which will integrate technology into the museum's Lakota Family Camp exhibit. The first project to be presented in that exhibit will be the "Lakota World View" CD which was created and produced by the USD Nursing Department as a major cultural element in a "Technology Opportunity Program (TOP) grant from the United States Department of Commerce. Major contributors for that project were June Larson, Gary Larson, and Gene Thin Elk.
A formal announcement of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund grant and recognition of the efforts of Kendall and the USD Nursing Department will be made at the opening of the "American Rivers" traveling exhibit which will be held in conjunction with a Friends of the W.H. Over fund raiser at the museum on March 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum is a non-profit, volunteer organization which was established in 1965 to provide financial and volunteer support for museum exhibits and activities. Today, The Friends organization is totally responsible for operating, maintaining, and financing the museum, its collections, and its activities and programs.
The grant from the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund in the name of William Matousek, therefore, represents a significant contribution to the museum's efforts to continue Dr. William Henry Over's legacy of preserving South Dakota's natural and cultural heritage and passing it on to present and future generations.