Funding Approved for Ralph Stanley Museum

With $1.2 million in funding approved, officials in Clintwood, Va., are moving forward with plans for the Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center. The town, which has a population of 1,500, secured a building for the museum in 2002. Funding recently approved for the project include a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a $600,000 grant from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority and $100,000 in federal transportation enhancement funds. Officials plan for the museum to open in May 2004 during Stanley’s annual music festival. The museum is about 10 miles from the community of Stratton, Va., where Stanley and his older brother, Carter, were born. The two performed and recorded as the Stanley Brothers from 1946 until 1966, when Carter died. 08/12/03