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Rogers, Arkansas
Building a Community-Centered Museum
Building a Community-Centered Museum

Exterior of Rogers Historical Museum. Funding from the NEH helped Rogers Historical Museum revitalize and re-purpose existing buildings and add to the life of the city’s downtown. Image courtesy of the museum.

Established in 1975 by the City of Rogers, Arkansas, the Rogers Historical Museum preserves local history and heritage and provides a communal space and educational opportunities for the community. Situated less than 10 miles from Walmart’s headquarters, Rogers, Arkansas has seen significant population growth since the museum’s founding, but the museum has struggled to meet the needs of its increasing population. With a $500,000 NEH Challenge grant, which helped the organization raise an additional $1.5 million, the museum was able to expand its facilities, enabling it to attract a broader audience and cater to the community’s needs.

“Getting that grant was one of the most exciting things that we’ve ever experienced. It really is a seal of approval to potential donors and other granting agencies […] that you’re moving in the right direction, that you’ve got a solid plan, and a way to evaluate that plan. It paved the way to our expansion.”

–Terrilyn Wendling, Assistant Director/Curator of Collections

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