Museum receives support through North Carolina Humanities

Stanly County Museum has received a $16,500 American Rescue Plan Humanities Project Support Grant from North Carolina Humanities.

North Carolina Humanities recently granted pandemic response and recovery funding to 90 organizations around North Carolina to support their operational costs and restart or create new humanities programs to reconnect communities.

“We are grateful to be one of the organizations North Carolina Humanities selected for this grant funding,” Stanly County Museum Director Megan Sullivan said.

This funding will support a collaborative exhibit being developed between the Stanly County Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, and in 2021, the Stanly County Museum successfully applied to participate in its Starter Kit program. Only five museums in the country were chosen to participate last year. The money provided in the grant will allow the county museum and the Smithsonian to create an interactive and interpretive humanities based exhibit about Stanly County as well as associated programming.

It is hoped that the funds will also have a positive impact on downtown Albemarle, bringing in tourists to see a Smithsonian exhibit.

Funding for North Carolina Humanities American Rescue Plan Humanities Grants was provided to North Carolina Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress, and signed by President Biden in March 2021.

North Carolina Humanities is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the Stanly County Museum, visit or call the museum at 704-986-3777.