Assemblyman Daniel Benson has been appointed by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to serve as a member of the New Jersey State Museum Board of Trustees.
“Given New Jersey’s rich history, it is a great honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of helping to preserve and promote it,” said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “I’m thankful to Speaker Prieto for this opportunity and I look forward to working with the other members of the board to continue providing enriching historical and cultural exhibits, ones that capture the imaginations and minds of residents, young and old.”
The New Jersey State Museum is located on West State Street in Trenton where it serves the educational and cultural needs of residents and visitors through collections, exhibitions, programs, publications and scholarship in science, history and the arts while exploring the natural and cultural diversity of New Jersey, past and present.
The 20-member Board of Trustees was established in 2000 within the Department of State and charged with, among other things, overseeing the rules and regulations for operation of the State Museum, including those relating to operations, capital projects, collections, exhibits, and services; gifts, bequests and devises of property; and grants from outside agencies; the care and preservation of museum property; purchases for museum collections and disposal of items in the collections by sale or auction.
The Board of Trustees also oversees the preparation and implementation of a fiscal plan for the museum, the submission of an annual operational and capital funding request to the state and the expenditure of funds.
Benson was appointed along with his colleague Assemblywoman Donna Simon.