Oklahoma museum one step closer to $5 million fundraising goal

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City museum with a unique history announced that it is one step closer to its goal.

The American Banjo Museum is hoping to raise $5 million through the “This Joint is Jumpin’!” campaign.

Organizers say the money will be used for an acquisition fund, regional performances, education, a virtual website, traveling exhibits and increasing its endowment.

The museum recently received a $550,000 donation from Paul and Theresa Piorier.

Paul and Theresa at the 5th annual American Banjo Hall of Fame inductions

Paul and Theresa at the 5th annual American Banjo Hall of Fame inductions

“My wife and I made this gift to the American Banjo Museum because we want to preserve the history of the banjo and tell the story. At the same time, we want generations of people to experience the joy of the instrument and the banjo, long after we are all gone,” said Paul Priorier. “The banjo has been a big part of our lives, so it was a very natural and heartfelt decision for us to make this gift to the American Banjo Museum, which is the premier institution for promoting and preserving the banjo legacy.”

For more information on programs or events, visit the museum’s website.