Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

Governor Ernie Fletcher was in Covington today to present a ceremonial check for $1.5 million in budget bill line-item funding to officials from the Behringer-Crawford Museum.  The funding will be used to complete the final phase of a 15,000 square-foot museum expansion project.  Governor Fletcher, who was joined by area legislators, presented the check at a reception for museum contributors and supporters.           

“This funding will ensure that the Behringer-Crawford Museum is able to continue its mission of providing a unique perspective on the history and culture of Northern Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher.   “The museum has several historical exhibits that provide a great opportunity for learning and entertainment.”  

The Behringer-Crawford Museum has exhibits featuring the Civil War, Underground Railroad, Ice Age and includes a collection of minerals, fossils and American Indian artifacts.

“I have worked closely with the officials of the Behringer-Crawford Museum to see that these improvements were possible,” said Senator Jack Westwood (R-Crescent Springs).  “The museum’s facilities will be improved by this funding.”

The $1.5 million in budget bill line-item funding is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) through the Office of State Grants.  Funding for this project also included a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement grant and a $39,500 Recreational Trails grant, also administered by GOLD.  $500,000 was contributed from a private foundation.

“This project is very important for Kenton County,” said Representative Arnold Simpson (D-Covington).  “This museum provides great educational opportunities for our community.”