Everyone here at the Greenbelt Museum is thrilled to hear that we’ve been awarded a $50,000 matching grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). This grant, which has been awarded to the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Friends of the Greenbelt Museum (FOGM), along with the City of Greenbelt’s purchase of 10A Crescent, will allow us to establish a state of the art visitor and education center.
This will not only physically make our site and community a better place to visit by offering expanded hours, more space than we currently have, and a more streamlined operation in terms of museum functions, it will also have a psychological effect. Greenbelt’s historical narratives include the Great Depression, town planning, modernism, World War II, cooperatives, segregation, suburban development, citizen activism, and sustainability, and much more. Its stories are not just local, but also regional and even national, and deserve a dedicated space in which those stories can be explored. A Visitor and Education Center, located right beside the Museum’s most important teaching tool, our historic house, will allow for easier and more in-depth exploration of these broader narratives.
FOGM will be embarking on a capital campaign to raise the required matching funds for the MHAA grant. Stay tuned for more information about thos efforts. Read more about our local Maryland Heritage Area, Maryland Milestones, and check out the full MHAA Grant Awards Press Release with information about the other grants awarded this year. There are many fascinating projects across the state. The Greenbelt Museum is honored to be in such great company!