Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has cosponsored H.R. 6988, the Museum and Library Services Act. This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes services provided under the Museum and Library Services Act through 2023. The Museum and Library Services Act provides critical support to museums, libraries, and other educational organizations through a variety of funding streams, including programs administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS has previously awarded $249,400 to Fort Ticonderoga, $24,321 to the Wild Center, and $156,573 to the Adirondack Museum as part of its Museums for America (MFA) Grant Program. H.R. 6988 also includes measures to improve data collection on federal library and museum support outcomes, encourage recruitment opportunities for library and museum staff, and encourage the role of libraries as community hubs in rural and underserved areas.
“Museums are essential for protecting our rich North Country history and for sharing our way of life with visitors from around the world,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Funding provided by the Museum and Library Services Act has helped several local organizations further develop their programming, expand employment opportunities, and bolster the pride we all have in our region’s unique place in American history. I am proud to support efforts to protect North Country history for future generations and will continue working in Congress to support our museums and libraries.”