“The museums provide a critical resource to our teachers and students in addition to being an important part of our tourism development efforts,” Hawk added.
“We deeply appreciate the support of Rep. Hawk in his willingness to support our public programs through these grants and his on-going interest in our various projects,” said George Collins, director of Museum Program and Studies at Tusculum College.
“The grants will be used to develop and introduce new interactive web-pages for the use of teachers and students, as well as make improvements to the exhibits in the President Andrew Johnson Museum and aid in the preservation of important artifacts,” Collins continued.
The grants were approved by legislation passed in the 2007 session of the Tennessee General Assembly. A total of $20 million has been appropriated for over 1,000 projects managed by non-profit organizations in the state.
The Museums of Tusculum College are part of the Department of Museum Program & Studies of Tusculum College. Each year the museums serve over 10,000 school children in curriculum-based hands-on programs and are coordinators of the Regional National History Day Program and Mosheim National History Day. In addition to other programs, the Museums offer one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country and manage the archives of the oldest college in Tennessee and the Andrew Johnson Collection.