Numerous representatives of small museums from around Arkansas gathered at the Department of Arkansas Heritage on Friday, June 29, 2018 to accept grant awards. Small Museum Grants award up to $2,500 for operations for the state’s historical organizations with budgets less than $250,000. Director of Department of Arkansas Heritage, Stacy Hurst, and Grants Manager, Debra Fithen, welcomed grantees and presented the checks.
In her comments, Hurst pointed out the importance of preserving Arkansas history. It represents our “civic pride,” she said, adding that we must “protect the best of Arkansas.”
Clinton House Museum Director Angie Albright was present to receive their award. “Funding for operations is the most difficult money to raise, so grants like this are especially welcome,” she noted. She went on to say that the Clinton House will be using its funding to refinish half of the floors in the museum. Dramis Hardwood Floors of Fayetteville will be doing the work. The floors in the home are all original to the 1931 construction, but the heavy traffic in the museum is hard on them, said Albright. She added, “We want to preserve the beautiful craftsmanship of the 1930s and be good stewards of this significant historical home.”
The Museum anticipates the work being concluded in mid-August, 2018.