WEST BRANCH, Iowa (KCRG) – West Branch’s Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum has received $5 million in grants to help defray the cost of redesigning the museum.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority announced the grant Friday, saying the project will add 2,250 square feet of updated and interactive exhibits to the museum.
“The redesign and renovation will modernize the visitor experience, taking guests on a learning journey about Iowa’s only U.S. president and his wife, First Lady Lou Henry Hoover,” Governor Reynolds’ office wrote. in a press release.
The state said the grant funding will help cover 25% of the total project cost, or $20,309,426.
The funding announced Friday is part of a $14.1 million grant for projects through Destination Iowa.
Other projects that also received funding include:
- $4 million is going to the Webster County Conservation Board and the City of Fort Dodge for the Central River District Park and Discovery Center.
- $4.5 million is going to Mason City and Cerro Gordo County for several projects that will make the area a biking and mountain biking destination.
- $600,000 to Cinema Paradiso, LLC to transform an unoccupied structure in Davenport into a two-screen movie theater called The Last Picture House.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority began accepting applications for Destination Iowa grant funding on May 9 and will continue to do so through December 31.
The Destination Iowa program aims to fund improvements in the quality of life for Iowa communities, which will also help attract visitors and new residents.
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