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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Duncan Announces $25,000 Grant for Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

September 20, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2017  CONTACT: Don Walker  (865)-523-3772

Congressman Duncan announces $25,000 grant for Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) today announced a $25,000 grant for the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee to maintain and expand its school field trip program to meet increasing demand from schools in the region “I am pleased that this funding will allow the Heritage Center to continue to grow this important program that has provided an educational experience to hundreds of students in East Tennessee”, said Duncan.

Bob Patterson the Executive Director for the Heritage Center stated, “This award will allow us to give more students the opportunity to learn more about our region’s history and legacies left behind by those who came before us.” Part of this award will go to hiring a part-time educational assistant to help the Curator of Education, Beth Sutton, lead various school field trips and help train visitor guides.

The funding will also allow the Heritage Center to increase the stipend it offers schools for bus transportation on field trips.

The Center will continue to be able to offer Blount County students free admission and discounted rates for out of county school students. The grant will be awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services was established by Congress in 1996 as part of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.