U.S. Congressman Ted Poe announces two grants that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded to recipients in Jefferson County. Lamar University will receive a Museum Assessment Program grant in the amount of $2,325 to provide technical assistance, which will allow the museum to better assess its strengths and weaknesses as well as plan for the future. Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum will receive a Conservation Assessment Program grant in the amount of $4,610 to fund a two-day visit by a conservation professional who will provide an overall assessment of the museums conservation efforts.

Estimating that 75% of the United States museum community is comprised of small institutions, the Museum Assessment Program administered by the American Association of Museums focuses on bolstering small museums. Through the help of museum professionals who tour various museums and meet with staff and governing officials, this program assists institutions arrive at sound management decisions. The Conservation Assessment Program managed by Heritage Preservation highlights the importance of conservation as a museum practice to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the ideas and knowledge that museum collections hold.