FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
President, Clinton House Museum, a nonprofit corporation
From the Board of Directors of the Clinton House Museum
We sincerely appreciate the longstanding support the Clinton House Museum received from the Commission over many years. They understand the importance of preserving the Clintons’ legacy of public service.
On September 21, 2020, the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission voted unanimously to approve a motion to decrease funding for the Clinton House Museum for 2020. We understand the vote was made in response to the substantial decrease in tourism revenues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our understanding the Commission has provided us with adequate time in which to take action to preserve this important landmark.
Our Board is working hard to provide to the Commission a feasible proposal that will enable this historic house to remain accessible to our community and to visitors from across the nation. Working with many people, we are confident we can achieve our goal.
Today’s vote is not a complete surprise. Over the past many months, the administration of the museum, together with several members of the Board, have discussed the economic realities of the pandemic on the hospitality industry. All parties have been especially sensitive to the many displaced workers in our local community. So many people earn their livelihood from restaurants, hotels, and other services.
We are optimistic and hopeful, and we invite members of the public to contact the Clinton House Museum with their ideas and financial support.