MJ Murdock Charitable Trust awards $ 500,000 to help Montana Historical Society promote and preserve cultural heritage

Montana Historical Society

Hélène, Mont. – The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust awarded $ 500,000 to the Montana Historical Society (MHS) to help preserve and promote the state’s cultural heritage through the renovation and construction of a new Montana Heritage Center. The funds will help MHS renovate its existing facilities and build a 64,000 square foot addition.

“The Montana Historical Society plays a key role in preserving Montana history and culture. Organizations like MHS help educate and inspire children and families while simultaneously helping to create and strengthen community bonds. It’s wonderful to see their growth as a result of the success of this mission, and we are grateful to play a small role as they grow to serve even more members of the Montana community, ”said Steve Moore. , Executive Director of MJ Murdock Charitable Trust. .

The grant to MHS reflects the Murdock Trust’s continued investment in the Pacific Northwest, having contributed more than $ 99 million to nonprofits serving communities in Montana and $ 1.2 billion in the entire region since 1975. This includes $ 3.3 million over the past decade for arts and culture organizations in Montana.

“This project has spanned over 15 years, so we are delighted to finally see it become a reality,” said MHS Director Molly Kruckenberg. “This grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust will ensure that MHS is able to continue to promote an understanding and appreciation of Montana’s rich culture for generations to come.”

Founded in 1865, the MHS is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the West. Since 1952, his home – and his extensive collection of artifacts, photographs, and documents – has been housed in the Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building in Helena. The company has grown too big for the building and the building needs some mechanical updates.

The Heritage Center project receives $ 42.2 million in statewide accommodation tax, paid by those who rent hotel rooms or other accommodation in the state, with 10 million additional dollars collected by MHS. MHS creates new interactive public spaces, an additional collections space, a common space connected to a cafe, gift shop and event center, reconfigured galleries and improved workspaces for staff. Its opening is scheduled for 2024.

About MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

The Murdock Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five Pacific Northwest states – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington – that seek to strengthen the education, regional spirituality and cultural base in a creative and sustainable way. Since its inception in 1975, the Trust has awarded more than 7,500 grants totaling over $ 1.2 billion. For more information, find the Murdock Trust on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and on our website.


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