Devens museum receives special funding from state

April 29, 2018 by  

Funds of $50,000 from the Massachusetts budget will be given to the Fort Devens Museum to update technology, exhibits, and educational initiatives of the museum.

The funding was secured by State Representative Sheila Harrington, who lives in Groton and whose district includes Fort Devens. The money came through the Office of Travel and Tourism for the state and the Massachusetts Marketing Partnership.

Executive director of the museum, Kara Fossey, said the technology aspect of the money will be used to upgrade the database of the museum so that people can search the archives and the collection. The money will also be used to install a new screen and projector in the meeting room at the museum, and develop a room for children with interactive exhibits. New display cases will also be purchased.

Fossey added that about half of the money has already been received, so that work has already begun on some of these initiatives.

Harrington is continuing to work on behalf of the museum by proposing a bill to make it the official veterans military museum of the state so that it could receive funding through Department of Veterans Services. This department has its own budget.

Print shops can be used to print various types of materials to inform those who visit during such renovations how guests and the community can benefit from such updates.