Johnson announces $169,201 for museums

Johnson announces $169,201 for museums
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that South Dakota will receive a total of $169,201 in Museum for America Grants.

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs will receive $41,401, and the National Music Museum in Vermillion will receive $127,800.

"Education is one of my top priorities, and the preservation of these institutions helps individuals of all ages to learn," said Johnson.�"A key part of my Hometown Prosperity Plan is investing in the public good, and this funding is a wonderful example of that kind of investment."

The funding will be provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). According to IMLS, the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs plans to use the funding to design and implement a Geographic Information Systems database. The National Music Museum will use the funding to create a self-guided multimedia tour using a Web-based platform and the latest generation of handheld tour technology.

Previously, Johnson also assisted the Mammoth Site last year by using his seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure a federal "earmark" of $200,000 for constructing a new theatre and lecture hall.

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