As you know, the National Trust’s 27 historic sites are closed to the public, along with thousands of other museums and cultural sites across the country. While no one yet knows the full economic impact these closures will have, we know it will be severe.
That’s why, today, the National Trust asks you to take action by contacting your member of Congress and urging them to include the nonprofit museum community in the coronavirus economic relief legislation to provide emergency assistance through June.
Museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions comprise a $50 billion industry and employ more than 726,000 Americans. Museums nationwide are losing at least $33 million a day due to closures as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Finally, during this unprecedented crisis, it is essential to remember that these sites offer comfort, inspiration, and education. They bring people together, and they will play a big role in returning the nation back to strength after this crisis has passed. But they need a lifeline to get through this difficult time.
Congress is working right now to help America weather this storm, and museums, historic sites, and other nonprofits need to be part of any relief package.
Thank you for all you do to save places that matter.
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