DAR awards historic preservation grant to local museum

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 05/22 2014 03:32PM

Updated 05/22 2014 03:42PM

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced today that the organization will be donating $4560 to Texarkana Museums System for stucco and plaster repair.

Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of Lone Star Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Texarkana, Texas.

Texarkana Museums System has been hard hit by the slow economy in the past several years and in 2012 faced possible closure.  Though TMS was able to keep its doors open, it has only been able to operate minimally.
This has meant that many crucial projects have had to be put on hold.  In this recent economy it has become more difficult to raise enough funds to support the Draughon-Moore "Ace of Clubs" House long term. 

The leak from the cracked stucco has caused damage to plaster walls, wood floors, woodwork, and draperies, and has spread to all three levels of the home.  Left unchecked and unrepaired, further damage will occur. 

Grant funds and private donations are crucial to completing this project.   Without these funds, this project will be further delayed causing further deterioration possibly making the home unsafe for tours and other educational programs for the community.

Melissa Nesbitt, Draughon-Moore Collection Curator, said, "We are thrilled to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR. We realize that our grant is just one of many that they made throughout the year to preserve our nation's history. We feel fortunate that they have chosen to assist us in these crucial repairs."

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization's mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism.

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