The foundation looking to build a warfare museum outside Fort Hood’s main gate received $50,000 toward its efforts.
The National Mounted Warfare Foundation announced Monday it received the grant from the Houston-based Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation to help fund the planning and design of the Mounted Warrior Museum.
“We are very grateful to the Herzstein Foundation for selecting us as a 2013 grant recipient,” said retired Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, president and CEO of the foundation tasked with planning, designing, fundraising for, building and operating the “state-of-the-art, technologically-advanced, 21st century museum.”
“This grant, our first from a funding foundation, will help us move forward in the design and planning of our project,” he said.
Designed to tell the untold stories of the soldiers and units that have served at Fort Hood over the years, the first phase of the museum is estimated to cost $27.7 million, retired Col. Larry Phelps, vice president of foundation’s business development, told the Herald earlier this year.
Phase one of the 66,000-square-foot museum is projected for completion in 2019 and will feature 25,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 5,000 square feet of temporary exhibit space, as well as an outdoor playscape.
Future phases include an interpretive walking trail and outdoor amphitheater. The museum will be located outside Fort Hood’s main gate off TJ Mills Boulevard.
“The Mounted Warrior Museum will be a unique place where visitors from across Texas and around the country can come to honor soldiers, veterans, family members and the Texas communities that support them,” Phelps said. “This project, this museum, can be boiled down to three important things: our heroes, our home and our history.”
The Herzstein Foundation uses its grant program to continue the work of Albert and Ethel Herzstein. It supports charitable efforts that offer individuals opportunities for advancement through education, enrichment of the human spirit, and contribute to the quality of life in society, according to its website.