The South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Act Grant allocated $14,050 to the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum. The grant will be used for student salaries and for expenses related to altering the galleries to better accommodate social distancing and for equipment to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“This grant came at a critical time for the museum. It filled the funding gap due to the loss in tourist revenue from gift shop sales and cash donations while we were closed for five months,” said Gwen McCausland, director for the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum.
The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, a department of South Dakota State University, is one of numerous South Dakota organizations benefiting from the SDHC CARES Act Grant, which will provide up to $400,000 in emergency funding to cultural and humanities organizations statewide affected by COVID-19.
“The humanities are crucial to the state of South Dakota,” said Ann Volin, executive director of the South Dakota Humanities Council. “SDHC is pleased to provide funding that will help cultural organizations in our state remain alive and thriving.”
Funding for the South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Act Grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The first round of funding concluded June 30. SDHC is accepting applications for its second round of funding through Aug. 31. Find out more information at http://www.sdhumanities.org/cares.
The South Dakota Humanities Council coordinates the One Book South Dakota program, as well as the South Dakota Festival of Books and the Speakers Bureau programs. Learn more at http://www.sdhumanities.org.
The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum’s mission is to inspire a passion for the diverse history, culture, and science of agriculture in South Dakota. It is the official state museum for preserving the history of agriculture and rural life of South Dakota and a department of South Dakota State University. It is the state coordinator for the National History Day program in South Dakota. It is located in the historic Stock Judging Pavilion on the SDSU campus at 977 11th Street, Brookings. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 605-688-6226 or visit www.agmuseum.com.