The National Museum of Forest Service History’s long awaited “flagship facility” is one step closer to reality, as are its planned exhibits, with a grant the project was awarded this week.
The nonprofit museum announced Wednesday that it received $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The museum was one of 16 recipients of NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants this year. NEH awarded $28.1 million to 204 projects nationwide across a variety of grant types.
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The museum, founded in 1988, sits on a 31-acre campus that currently features a small visitor center, an interpretive trail and an amphitheater about a mile west of the Missoula International Airport. The museum is a nonprofit and not part of the U.S. Forest Service. Executive Director Lisa Tate said in a phone call Friday that the museum is nearing completion of a $14.5 million capital campaign to construct the museum’s “flagship facility”: the National Conservation Legacy Center. The museum envisions “a world-class exhibition for the center when it opens,” she said.
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