Discourse | Impact | Experience

The United States Marshals Museum is a place of discourse, impact and experience. Honoring the over 230 year history of the Marshals Service, the Museum will tell the deep and rich story of America’s Constitution and the Rule of Law. Just $12,650,000 shy of meeting our capital campaign goal with our sites focused on $8 million of that number so that we may push “go” on the experience production, the energy and urgency to complete the campaign is palpable!  Thank you for your consideration of a donation to this nationally-scoped project located on the bank(s) of the Arkansas River here in Fort Smith, AR.

For more information, please contact Alice K. Alt, President of the United States Marshals Museum Foundation for more information at (479) 242-1789 or by email at alice.alt@usmm.foundation

While the U.S. Marshals Museum is specifically dedicated to honoring a federal law enforcement agency, the Museum is not federally funded. Requiring an investment of approximately $50 million dollars, this project is being financed almost entirely by the generosity of foundations, businesses, and individual donors. The Museum has also been supported in-part by local and state government entities. With $12.2 million currently left to raise, your financial support is earnestly needed, and will be greatly appreciated. Make an Online Donation

Donating to the U.S. Marshals Museum can provide a unique opportunity for you, your family, your business, or organization to leave a lasting legacy. Gifts may be deducted on federal income tax returns. These gifts may include such items as cash, publicly traded and/or closely held securities, tangible personal property, real estate, insurance, and life income gifts. Additionally, gifting appreciated property may provide significant benefits to the donor.

To discuss making a leadership gift, please contact Alice Alt, USMM Foundation President, Development. Naming opportunities are available to appropriately recognize your generosity and your particular interest in this exciting project.

The collection of the U.S. Marshals Museum currently includes more than 1,000 treasured items – and continues to grow. Our archives focus solely on items directly involved with the history of the U.S. Marshals or the performance of their duties. Collected historical objects range widely from guns and badges to wanted posters and oaths of office. When our Museum doors open, you’ll be able to see such prized items as the pocket watch of Bass Reeves, a legendary man who escaped slavery, spent time with Native Americans, then served as a U.S. Marshal. You’ll also discover a miniature portrait of Marshal Robert Forsyth (D/GA). This Charles Willson Peale painting is the only known portrait of Forsyth. Forsyth was among the first U.S. Marshals appointed by President George Washington after the creation of the post in 1789, and the first United States Marshal to be killed in the line of duty in 1794. These are just two of the many treasurers that will be on exhibit.

How To Donate To The Collection: Please keep in mind that, while we respect the broad history of our nation, our Museum only accepts items directly involved with the history of the U.S. Marshals or the performance of their duties. Contact our Museum Curator, David Kennedy prior to bringing your items.

When our Museum opens, there will be numerous volunteer opportunities such as lobby greeters, tour group guides, educational programming participants, and student outreach program assistants. Volunteer opportunities will be announced prior to our opening, so you are encouraged to stay in touch with our Museum by registering for our newsletters.

The Mary Carleton and Robert A. Young III Building and Samuel M. Sicard Hall of Honor are set to be dedicated on September 24, 2019 – the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service. Don’t miss out on the excitement as that date rapidly draws near. There will be lots of announcements celebrating construction milestones, fundraising successes, and collection donations – plus invitations to educational events and seminars. Stay up-to-date by registering for our newsletters.