The largest history museum between Minnesota’s Twin Cities and Madison, Wisconsin the Chippewa Valley Museum is a popular cultural resource for its region. Since 1977, the NEH has supported the Chippewa Valley Museum, providing funding for permanent and traveling exhibitions and for preserving the museum’s material culture collections. This funding has included challenge grants that helped the museum raise an additional $1 million. Additionally, in 2020, the NEH awarded the museum a CARES grant to help it manage the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“[NEH funding] has allowed us to do projects that we would not have been able to do locally… we simply cannot do them on our annual operating budget… and these larger ones [exhibitions] have allowed us to look at the national level, think about scholarship, and do good history… in a region of the state that doesn’t provide a lot of museum opportunities.”
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