Public Health Museum Receives Cultural Facilities Award

Below is a press release from the Public Health Museum:

TEWKSBURY, MA — The Public Health Museum in Massachusetts is pleased to announce it was selected to receive a Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Award in the amount of $10,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. The award is to conduct a facility assessment of the Annie G. McDonald Building to serve as the future home of the museum. The assessment will include the building’s architectural features, structural, MEP/FP, code/access, and conservation.

The 2021 CFF grant round includes 69 capital grants, totaling $8,590,326 as well as 29 planning grants worth $512,000. Awards range from $2,400 to $200,000 and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other non-state sources. While approximately 75% of capital grants are used to address deferred maintenance and necessary facility repairs, new construction is also supported. The project director is Ashlynn Rickord Werner, a member of the museum board. The grant is funded in part by MassDevelopment which is the state’s finance and development agency, working with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth.

“This grant is a crucial next step for the museum to expand as we continue to bring the history of public health to the community,” said Rickord Werner.

Through original artifacts, memorabilia, and archival materials, the museum explores the history of public health in America and the story of Tewksbury Hospital, one of the first public health hospitals in the country. The history of infectious disease and innovations in public health are cornerstones of the museum.

The Public Health Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to public health history. The Museum serves as a resource to the community, exploring public health initiatives that address current health issues with online content and programming, including a summer program for high school students interested in public health careers. The museum partners with libraries and senior centers to bring its programs to the community. Indoor and outdoor walking tours are available on a reservation-only basis, and the museum offers informative content on both its website and through ongoing public programs.

Please visit to learn more.

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