The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Appoints Historian with Plans to Expand Offerings

Midland, MI - March 28, 2017 - The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation is proud to announce and welcome Samantha Engel as Historian. Samantha will manage the family archives, care for the Dow Gardens historical collections, and work to make the home of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow, known as The Pines, a central location for activity within the garden. Plans include expanding opportunities to visit the home, including weekend and evening tours, while introducing new educational and experiential events.

Visitors can expect to see new creatively-curated programming as early as this summer. In 2016 Dow Gardens expanded its offerings, at the Pines Home, to include a summer poetry reading Poetry at the Pines, a nature-themed book club, and the Pines Summer Concert Series featuring emerging artists. Nashon Holloway, a vocalist whose performance credits include features on The Oprah Winfrey Show with David Foster, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Taste of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, will be launching the 2017 summer season.

"Our visitors are often unaware that Dow Gardens was the home of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow," said director Elizabeth Lumbert. "We're excited to have Samantha on board to help us further our goal to creatively share the history and legacy of the family."

Samantha completed her undergraduate education at Ferris State University before earning a Masters in Early American History from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation she worked as the Executive Director of the Whaley Historic House Museum in Flint, where she discovered her passion for creating entertaining, educational, and accessible history programming.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Lumbert, Director of Dow Gardens, 989.631.2377, lumbert@dowgardens.org

The Foundation was established by Grace A. Dow in 1936 in memory of her husband, Dr. Herbert H. Dow, founder of The Dow Chemical Company. The Trust Agreement specifies that the income of the trust is to be used "for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes for the public benefaction of the inhabitants of the said City of Midland and of the people of the State of Michigan."

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