News | February 4, 2013

American Writers Museum Receives NEH Grant

(Washington, D.C. — February 4) The American Writers Museum Foundation has been awarded a second grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant will help speed planning and exhibit design for the museum's building phase. A previous NEH grant helped fund the Museum's Concept Plan and the museum is now in the process of transforming that Concept Plan into a blueprint for the physical space and exhibit design.


"We are thrilled to have this financial support from the NEH. Equally important, we are appreciative of their continued support of our efforts to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives," says Malcolm O'Hagan, president of the museum foundation.

O'Hagan says the NEH funding will enable the museum to stage a number of forums among advisory council members and other stakeholders aimed at translating the Concept Plan into a museum that is open to the public within the next few years. 


The museum has just launched a development campaign to procure additional funding from grant-making institutions, philanthropic groups. and private donors, with naming rights, a role in the planning of the museum, and other incentives for early funders. Those interested in contributing may contact O'Hagan directly at, or by calling 202.263.3330. 


The American Writers Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release do not necessarily represent those of the NEH.  


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