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Iredell Museums has received a $10,000 NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. This emergency grant funding was provided to North Carolina cultural organizations experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful to be one of 59 organizations the North Carolina Humanities Council selected for this funding,” said Emily Baker.

This important funding will support operational costs to support the staff who are working hard behind the scenes to get the museum ready to reopen.

Museum staff has been working to clean and revamp its space at 134 Court Street in Statesville and provide much needed attention to its historical collection by researching and handling of artifacts in an effort to prepare them to share with our visitors.

The grant will also help the museum prepare virtual content for its youth outreach programs

NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant funding was provided to the North Carolina Humanities Council by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in late March. The $2.2 trillion CARES package included $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, nearly $30 million, or a total of 40 percent, of which was sent to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils, including the North Carolina Humanities Council, to distribute to local cultural nonprofits and programming. The North Carolina Humanities Council www.nchumanities.org is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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For more information about Iredell Museums please visit www.iredellmuseums.org.

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