Rockefeller Family Gives Marshals Museum $350K

The United States Marshals Museum said Tuesday that it received an additional $350,000 gift from the family of the late Lt. Gov. Winthrop Paul Rockefeller.

The museum said it has $19.3 million left to meet its total fundraising goal. Construction will begin on the 53,000-SF this summer.

"Through the Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series, Lisenne and her family have helped fuel national interest in the museum," said Robert A. Young III, chairman of the U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation. "We are grateful for their continued partnership and support to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service."

In 2014, the museum received a $100,000 donation from Lisenne Rockeller to fund the Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series. The three-part series welcomes leaders from the executive, judiciary and legislative branches of the U.S. government to Fort Smith to speak about the marshals’ history with each branch. 

The series featured the late Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Antonin Scalia in 2015 and U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., in 2017. Plans are underway for the third speaker in the series.

The museum will located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith. It's scheduled to open on Sept. 24, 2019, the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service. The museum is designed to tell the story of the nation's oldest federal law enforcement agency from its establishment by President George Washington through current day.

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