Challenge Programs: Challenge Grants

Period of Performance

12/1/2009 - 7/31/2017

Funding Totals (matching)

$500,000.00 (approved)
$500,000.00 (offered)
$263,328.00 (awarded)

Campaign for a Major Expansion of the Rogers Historical Museum

FAIN: CH-50816-11

Rogers Historical Museum (Rogers, AR 72756-4546)
Gaye K. Bland (Project Director: May 2010 to October 2013)
John Burroughs (Project Director: October 2013 to October 2022)

Construction, fixtures, furniture, equipment, and fundraising expenses for a new museum facility that will house interpretive exhibit galleries, collections processing and storage areas, programming spaces, and offices.

The Rogers Historical Museum seeks an NEH Challenge Grant of $800,000 to assist in the construction of a new facility to house exhibit galleries, collections processing and storage areas, programming spaces, and offices. After completion of the new facility, the current main facility will be used primarily for education. This new facility will more than triple the Museum’s current gallery space and will more than double its programming space and its collections storage and processing space. With this expansion the Museum will be able to grow its already impressive humanities collections and will be able to expand upon its long tradition of providing quality humanities exhibits and programs. In the new facility the Museum will implement an exciting new interpretive plan which will make area history, and thus the Museum itself, relevant to the increasingly diverse population of Northwest Arkansas, the rapidly growing area the Museum serves.

Media Coverage

Grant Challenges Museum (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Rich Polikoff
Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Date: 1/24/2011
Abstract: This article reported on the awarding of the grant to the RHM. The author interviewed the museum director, a consultant who helped with the grant application, and a member of the Rogers City Council. The article also included information about the NEH challenge grant program and a list of other recipients in the same grant cycle.

Associated Products

Rogers Historical Museum Expansion (Building)
Name: Rogers Historical Museum Expansion
Abstract: This grant supported the expansion of the Rogers Historical Museum through the renovation of two nearby buildings, the historic Hailey Ford building and the former Masonic Lodge in downtown Rogers.
Director: John Burroughs
Year: 2018
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This link offers a description of their campus expansion across four buildings.
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: This link offers information on their expansion and their reopening on December 13, 2018.