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Kohl’s Donates $1.5 Million to Milwaukee Public Museum

Donation supports new statewide traveling education program and Kohl’s Thank You Thursdays for free museum admission

By - Feb 20th, 2018 01:20 pm
Milwaukee Public Museum. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Milwaukee Public Museum. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., (Feb. 20, 2018) Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) today announced the continuation of its  partnership with the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM), donating $1.5 million over three years to support a new educational initiative, MPM and Kohl’s on the Move, bringing Museum-led programming to schools, libraries and community centers across Wisconsin. The donation will also support the continuation of Kohl’s Thank You Thursdays, offering free Museum access on the first Thursday of every month.

“We are proud to partner with the Milwaukee Public Museum on this exciting new traveling education initiative to bring hands-on learning and Museum collections to communities across the state of Wisconsin,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president, corporate communications. “The Museum is an asset to our hometown and through programs like MPM and Kohl’s on the Move and Kohl’s Thank You Thursdays, we are fortunate to make the Museum accessible to even more children and families in our community.”

MPM and Kohl’s on the Move will be led by a dedicated team of Museum educators and will focus on bringing programming to underserved communities. The programs, which will be offered in both classroom models and larger workshops, will include hands-on learning with items from the Museum’s educational collections, such as butterfly specimens and microscopes, dinosaur fossils and a paleontologist’s toolkit and a mummification model. The range of program topics offered will also include the solar system, Wisconsin’s wildlife, Wisconsin’s geological landscape, and the work of archaeologists.

“We are honored by Kohl’s commitment to the Milwaukee Public Museum and its support of our new educational program,” said Dennis Kois, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum. “As Wisconsin’s only major Natural History Museum, we are especially excited for the opportunity Kohl’s has given us to share our exhibits, collections, and research with families throughout the rest of the state.”

Kohl’s donation will also continue support of Kohl’s Thank You Thursdays, allowing the Museum to offer free access to all visitors on the first Thursday of every month. The next Kohl’s Thank You Thursday will be held on March 1, 2018. Through Kohl’s Thank You Thursdays, the Museum serves around 35,000 free visitors a year.

Since 2009, Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares have committed nearly $2 million to the Milwaukee Public Museum. This donation is made possible through Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells children’s books and toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to charitable initiatives nationwide.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in our stores, online at Kohls.com and on Kohl’s mobile app. Throughout its history, Kohl’s has given nearly $600 million to support communities nationwide. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit Kohls.com. For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community and how to join our winning team, visit Corporate.Kohls.com.

About the Milwaukee Public Museum

The Milwaukee Public Museum is a natural and human history museum located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The museum was chartered in 1882 and opened to the public in 1884. MPM has three floors of exhibits that encompass life-size dioramas, walk-through villages, world cultures, dinosaurs, a rain forest and a live butterfly garden, as well as the Daniel M. Soref Theater and Planetarium. The museum houses more than 4 million objects and hosts nearly half a million visitors each year. The MPM is operated by Milwaukee Public Museum, Inc., a private, non-profit company, and its facilities and collections are held in trust and supported by Milwaukee County for the benefit of the public.

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