Hurd Recognized for Championing Museums

February 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) was named a 2019 Congressional Honoree by the American Alliance of Museums. After announcing this exciting news, Hurd issued the following statement:

“History is only one generation away from being forgotten. Our museums across South and West Texas are not just tourist attractions but are pillars of the community, playing a vital role in preserving the rich history of TX-23 residents and stories of our past,” said Hurd, a tireless advocate for the continued success of museums across the 23rd District of Texas. “I am honored to be recognized today for my efforts to ensure the prosperity of our nation’s museums and will continue to stand tall for them in Congress.”

Last year, Hurd worked alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to introduce the Museum and Library Services Act, which was signed into law by the President early this year. The bipartisan bill renewed federal museum and library grant funding programs from which Texas museums have received nearly $6 million in recent years, including at the following museums and entities in South and West Texas:

  • The Chinati Foundation in Marfa;
  • The San Antonio Children’s Museum;
  • The San Antonio Museum of Art;
  • North East Independent School District in San Antonio;
  • The El Paso Area Libraries Consortium;
  • The City of El Paso;
  • The University of Texas at El Paso; and,
  • The Ysleta del Sur Puebelo in El Paso.

“On behalf of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), I am delighted to recognize Representative Will Hurd with the Alliance’s Congressional Award for his exemplary support of museums. Representative Hurd was tireless in his efforts to enact the Museum and Library Services Act of 2018 (S. 3530 now Public Law No. 115-410) which reauthorized the Institute of Museum and Library Services for six years. We thank him for his commitment to increase funding for programs that benefit museums and the communities they serve” said Laura Lott, President and CEO of AAM.

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. The Alliance presents awards to members of Congress who have demonstrated exemplary support for museums. Nominations are accepted from the museum field each year and awards are presented during Museums Advocacy Day events.