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State Awards $800K to US Marshals Museum

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The U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Fort Smith museum scheduled to open this summer, has received $800,000 from a state grant program for nonprofit cultural institutions. 

The grant comes from the Division of Arkansas Heritage Cultural Institutions Trust Fund. Eligible recipients have plans for a major capital expenditure of $7 million or more for a new or modified facility.

“We are very excited and honored to receive this grant award,” Susan Neyman, president of the foundation, said in a statement. “It’s further confirmation of the Museum’s dedication and focus as we quickly move towards our anticipated opening this summer. That event will culminate years of hard work and commitment from the people of Fort Smith and Arkansas.”

The grant recognizes the U.S. Marshals Museum for its “Creation and Installation of Interactive and Immersive History Exhibit Gallery.” The interactive exhibits are the final piece in the museum’s 15-year journey to completion, CEO Ben Johnson told Arkansas Business in October.

Work on the $50 million, 53,000-SF museum began in 2007, when the U.S. Marshals Service awarded the project to Fort Smith. The opening has been pushed back multiple times due to fundraising challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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