Private Funding for Historical Sites

The historical site of Washington’s Crossing saw a cut in taxpayer subsidies this year, and some forecast doom and gloom for history.

Instead, Lockheed Martin and other private donors stepped up to fund the site, and auctioning off the lead role in the re-enactment generally additional funds. (HT Grassroots PA)

It goes to show: if a historical site, museum, arts program, or the like is worthwhile, private philanthropy and admission fees can support it – it does not need government funding. If it cannot be supported by audiences and the private sector, it does not deserve government funding.

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