M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Awards $500,000 Grant to LeMay – America’s Car Museum

Grant will provide for the expansion and development of ACM’s exhibits and educational facilities

Jun 12, 2013

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TACOMA, Wash. (June 12, 2013) – LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to help design and develop exhibits and outfit educational facilities.

The grant will help ACM, North America’s largest automotive museum, enhance educational offerings such as their interactive Family Zone exhibit, Educational Resource Center and classroom.

“A founding principle at ACM is to promote automotive history, restoration and preservation by offering curricula to learners of all ages,” said ACM president and CEO, David Madeira. “We have a strong synergy with the Murdock Charitable Trust, which exists to inspire young people to learn, so with their assistance, we can continue to spark an interest for learning in the minds of students across the Pacific Northwest.”

ACM also recently hired an educational manager, Debbie Kray, who is responsible for developing the museum’s educational programs, including school outreach, tours and public programs.

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, co-founder of Vancouver, Wash.-based Tektronix, Inc. Since being established in 1975, the trust has provided most of its grants throughout the Pacific Northwest, seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

About LeMay – America’s Car Museum (

State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To get information on museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit

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