California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board Convenes

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment, hosted by the California State Library, held its first Endowment Board meeting January 14, 2004 in historic Room 500 in the California State Library’s headquarters. The Endowment Board meeting was the first step toward the Endowment distributing $122 million earmarked by voters to reveal and preserve the history and culture of California’s underrepresented cultural groups.

State Librarian of California, Dr. Kevin Starr commented on January 14th "the convening of the California Cultural and Historic Board is a significant step in California’s journey to identity. The Endowment will ensure that the story of all Californians will be told.”

Libraries could be eligible for Endowment funding, as would "Friends of the Library" groups. If a library is in a historic building, for example, it may be eligible for restoration/renovation grants. Or, any library could partner with cultural groups to preserve collections through digitization.

In addition, all libraries will be welcome to work with the Endowment by hosting workshops, public hearings, or Endowment meetings.

For more information, please visit the Endowment’s website


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