LCRA donates $22,824 to musuem expansion

With the help of a $22,824 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the Heart of Texas Memorial Museum will continue in its efforts to restore and preserve the old Curtis Field control tower building and a World War II prisoner-of-war camp guard shack. The goal of the museum is to make the control tower and guard shack valuable additions to the museum property and become major attractions for tourists and area residents. The control tower building, built in 1941, was the last wooden building still standing at its original location at Curtis Field. It has been relocated behind the museum and has been completely restored, including a replica of the control tower, which was destroyed at the end of World War II. The building will be used for military displays and for community meetings. The control tower replica sits on top of the building and visitors can enter the tower and view the downtown area through windows similar to the ones that were there 60 years ago. In addition, two restored guard shacks from both the prisoner-of-war camp and Curtis Field have become part of the new attraction. The community grant is one of 26 recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas as part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Brady is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program. The funds provided by the grant will go to help offset the costs of the renovation project, which will be formally dedicated later this year. Since it began, the project has come with a price tag of nearly $130,000 and donations for the effort are welcomed. The museum started the project with $54,000 in its coffers and estimated that it would take about $65,000 more to finish the entire effort. According to board members, even small donations are a big help to the museum and any and all financial contributions are welcomed and encouraged. The Heart of Texas Historical Museum is a private 501c3 non-profit organization that welcomes any and all tax-deductible donations.

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