The U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation announced a $500,000 commitment from board member Cynthia Coughlin to help complete the Fort Smith museum’s capital fundraising efforts.
Funds from the gift will be used in the Modern Marshals Gallery for exhibits and interactive training simulators in the “What Does It Take To Be A U.S. Marshal” room, the foundation said in a news release.
The $50 million, 53,00-SF museum opened to the public on July 1 after 16 years of design, fundraising and construction.
Coughlin, who was born in New York City and raised in the San Francisco area, moved to northwest Arkansas in 1978. Since 1984, she has operated Coughlin’s Ranch, a cattle-breeding operation in Centerton that specializes in Black Angus. She’s also a board member of the Police Athletic League, the NWA Tactical Operations Group, and the Law Enforcement Assistance Program.
“It is such a privilege to have this historically significant museum located in Arkansas,” Coughlin said in the release. “I am delighted to make this donation to the U.S. Marshals Museum in recognition of the oldest law enforcement agency in the country.”