Making History Come Alive at St. Thomas Aquinas College Through Grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

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This article originally appeared on the St. Thomas Aquinas College website.

St. Thomas Aquinas College has received a $229,624 two-year grant from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to establish The St. Thomas Aquinas Institute for the Study of Loyalists in the American Revolution.

“We are grateful to The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for this generous grant and entrusting us with this important historic initiative,” said St. Thomas Aquinas College President Ken Daly. “The St. Thomas Aquinas Institute for the Study of Loyalists in the American Revolution will allow for our students to gain invaluable hands-on experiential learning alongside distinguished subject matter experts who hold a passion for our country’s history and founding, as well as a belief in the importance to understand political and civic life, while making history come alive for our community to experience.”

Leading up to the Semiquincentennial (250th anniversary) of the Declaration of Independence, The Institute will include the work of faculty, students, and external academic partners to develop an online educational resource and digital center with extensive text and images related to the American Revolution. The digital center will include a searchable database containing information on thousands of individual loyalists from across the greater New York City metropolitan area, with a special focus on the Lower Hudson Valley and Long Island. Read more...