Molloy College Awarded Major Grant

Molloy College has been awarded a grant of $1.5 million from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to educate the greater Long Island community about our region's rich history through a program that will be called, "Long Island: How Did We Get Here?"

Molloy will research and compile a history of the region's economic and social issues, providing insight into forces and interests that shaped, and continue to shape, local politics and culture today. The data will be used in a variety of ways, including for presentations to Molloy's Energeia stewardship academy, which takes Long Island leaders through a two-year curriculum of important issues affecting the region. The historical information will also be disseminated through conferences, institutes, regional meetings, publications, digital platforms, social media and other outlets. Molloy will also be creating an archival library to house the information.

"This is a wonderful honor for Molloy," said Dr. Drew Bogner, Molloy's president. "We are pleased to be associated with such a prestigious organization as the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and we will immediately begin work on this exciting project."

"This grant will enable us to connect the history of Long Island to what's actually going on today," said Edward J. Thompson, Molloy's Vice President of Advancement and Mission. "The lessons learned from studying our past will provide us with valuable insight that will help us with the current challenges we face."

"We have been impressed by Molloy College's innovative approach to researching and studying history," said Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director for the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. "We look forward to seeing how they integrate their findings into a discussion about current issues affecting Long Island."

About The Gardiner Foundation

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history, with an emphasis on Long Island. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner's Island. The Gardiner family and their descendants have owned Gardiner's Island since 1639, obtained as part of a royal grant from King Charles I of England. The Foundation is inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner's personal passion for New York history.

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