The Walt Disney Family Foundation (2011)

The Walt Disney Family Foundation was honored for its work promoting scholarly research, education and publication of information on subjects relating to Walt Disney and the time during which he lived. 
 
The Foundation was established in 1995 by Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and members of her immediate family.  Walter E. D. Miller, grandson of Walt Disney, is the Foundation's current president.
 
The Foundation’s projects have included Walt: The Man Behind the Myth, the 2001 documentary in which a Who’s Who of Disney legends and members of Walt’s family talked about the man they knew and loved. In addition to the interviews, the film included home movies of Walt and his family that had not previously been seen by the public. The Foundation also produced Walt and El Grupo, the 2008 documentary about Walt Disney’s 1941 goodwill tour of South America.
In addition to its own projects, the Foundation has also supported other preservation efforts. For example, a Foundation grant supported the Carolwood Pacific Society’s purchase and restoration of one of the original Santa Fe & Disneyland railroad cars.
But the Foundation’s crowning achievement is The Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in San Francisco on October 1, 2009. The museum is dedicated illustrating how Walt’s creativity and vision has shaped childhood in America and his impact on urban planning and the technical development of the film industry. The story unfolds in 10 galleries that total more than 40,000 square feet of exhibit space. Walt’s story is told in his own voice and by those who knew and worked with him. The highly interactive museum includes listening stations, more than 200 video screens and a 114-seat theater to present the definitive telling of Walt’s story. Of course, beyond displaying hundreds of rare artifacts from every facet of Walt’s career, the museum also preserves the artifacts for future generations.
The Disneyana Fan Club is proud to honor the Walt Disney Family Foundation for its success in protecting and promoting the legacy of Walt Disney.

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