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Update on Austin History Center Expansion

Austin Voters Approve Bond Funding for AHC Expansion

 

By nearly a three-to-one margin, Austin voters on Nov. 6 approved Proposition B, which included money dedicated to the general repair of the John Henry Faulk Library building and preparing up to two floors of that building for expansion of the Austin History Center. Securing funding for AHC expansion has been a prime goal for AHCA for more than a decade.

“I’m really proud of the way we came together to get this win,” said AHCA President Charlie Betts. “Our organization exists to support the Austin History Center and this effort to secure funding for expansion speaks to the very core of our mission.”

With the approval of Proposition B, dedicated funding for Austin libraries, museums, and cultural arts facilities, $14.5 million in bond spending will be set aside for building repairs and AHC expansion into the Faulk Library building. AHC staff have already begun moving some archives into the Faulk building to open space in the AHC building at 9th and Guadalupe. Lack of space at the AHC has long been a concern and expanding into the Faulk will open new space to store archives, create new and expanded exhibit spaces, and promote community engagement with the materials that hold Austin’s history.

Look for updates on repairs to the John Henry Faulk Library building and expansion of AHC operations in future editions of the Austin Remembers newsletter.

For more information on the implementation of the 2017-2018 bond, please visit:

https://www.saveaustinhistory.org/