CHAPTER 283

APPROPRIATION

DELAWARE STATE MUSEUM

AN ACT APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE PUBLIC ARCHIVES COMMISSION FOR THE ACQUISITION, BY PURCHASE OR GIFT, OF ADDITIONAL LAND IN THE CITY OF DOVER FOR THE DELAWARE STATE MUSEUM AND THE RESTORATION OF MUSEUM BUILDINGS.

WHEREAS, the achievements of Delaware toward the growth of our Nations from the time of our first settlement to the present time, should be perpetuated to provide a better understanding of the past and present activities in Delaware; and

WHEREAS, the historic old Presbyterian Church and adjacent Chapel building in Dover has been presented to the State to fill the long recognized need for a State Museum; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to an Act of the previous session of the General Assembly, providing for the creation of a State Museum, numbers of citizens from all parts of the State have manifested their desire for such a State Museum by contributing toward a fund for its establishment; therefore,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That as soon as possible after the approval of this Act the Delaware State Museum, under the jurisdiction of the Public Archives Commission, is hereby authorized to receive a deed of gift conveying to the State of Delaware full title to the Chapel property adjacent to the Old Presbyterian Church in the City of Dover, situated on the west side of Governor's Avenue between Bank Lane and North Street on U. S. Route 13.

Section 2. That the said Commission is further empowered to purchase or acquire by gift adjoining lands necessary for the protection of the Delaware State Museum property.

Section 3. That the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) is hereby appropriated to the Public Archives Commission of the State of Delaware from any moneys in the Treasury of the State of Delaware not otherwise appropriated for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the said Commission in obtaining said land and completing the restoration and renovation of the Old Presbyterian Church and Chapel buildings for use as museum and administration buildings. The State Treasurer is directed to pay the sum hereby appropriated upon warrants signed by the President and Secretary of the said Public Archives Commission.

Section 4. This Act shall be known as a Supplementary Appropriation Act, and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid out of the General Fund of the State Treasury not otherwise appropriated. No portion of the money appropriated as aforesaid shall be deemed or held to revert at the end of any fiscal year, but the said appropriation shall remain available until the objects and purposes of this Act have been fully accomplished.

Approved June 16, 1949.