Inasmuch Foundation donates $3.5 million to Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

This gift is the largest private gift ever given to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Modified: January 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

Inasmuch Foundation board of directors and advisory committee members joined memorial trustees at the Memorial Museum for the announcement.

“It is wonderful that this gift will enable the Memorial Museum to make enhancements to the visitor experience in ways never dreamed possible at the time the museum opened 11 years ago,” Ross said. “I know Edith would be so pleased that her foundation will ensure that the story told here will continue to provide comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity to the hundreds of thousands who visit the memorial in the years to come.”

Susan Winchester was among those attending Thursday's announcement. Her sister, Peggy Clark, was killed in the bombing. She said she views the Memorial Museum as a way to honor those who died as well as survivors, rescuers and so many others. And she sees it as a way to educate.

After the news conference, Winchester, vice chair of the Memorial Foundation, talked about how her sister's family used to come to her house and they would all sit down at the table for “wonderful dinners” that were about so much more than the meal itself.

“Everyone would just sit there for hours and hours and talk and laugh and share fun stories,” Winchester said. “That's just such a sense of family that we got to share. I miss that so much.

“This today, keeps that memory alive, it continues to let her be a part of us and let us be a part of who she was and what she stood for.”

Patrick Gallagher, Memorial Museum designer and the project lead, told the crowd the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has evolved as a global leader in the creation of engaging and educational experiences within a complex and deeply emotional storyline.

“Now, creating an even more in-depth exploration of the sense of justice served will build a legacy for the future of the museum and its important work in education and outreach,” Gallagher said.