A challenge grant from a Chinese family is advancing a plan to establish the Edgar Snow Reading Room at the Miller Nichols Library.
John and Alice Huang of Beijing have challenged the UMKC Foundation to match their recent gift of $30,000. When the matching funds are raised, the $60,000 total will be used to fund the remodeling needed to establish the new Edgar Snow Reading Room.
“This gift will give us the momentum to be successful with this project,” said Murray Blackwelder, president of the UMKC Foundation. “We hope to get this matched as soon as possible.”
Plans call for the new space to include books from Edgar Snow’s personal collection and the Tang horse and Shang bronze vase replicas presented at the second Edgar Snow Symposium by Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua.
“The Edgar Snow Reading Room will be a beautifully appointed space for study and reflection inspired by the writings and book collection of the Kansas City native and journalist, Edgar Snow,” said Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of Libraries. “The literary, historical and cultural significance of Edgar Snow’s work in China with Mao Zedong and Huang Hua, father of John Huang, provides insight into a most critical period of modern China.”