$100M cowboy – To fund operations

The Autry Museum of Western Heritage has received $100 million from the family foundation of its founder, singing cowboy Gene Autry, the Los Angeles Times reported Oct. 12.

The privately funded museum, which opened in 1989, will use the gift to cover its operation costs. With those costs covered, funds will be freed for special programs.

“The endowment should be considered the first step in raising additional funds to increase the scope of the exhibitions and the museum’s scholarly work,” said Jackie Autry, the late entertainer’s wife.

Over the next four years, the museum plans to launch a series of programs, including exhibits on African American, Jewish and Native American contributions to Western heritage.

For full story, go to the L.A. Times.

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