UNB, Dhaka : US Ambassador Dan W Mozena on Wednesday announced an additional grant of $85,000 from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation to restore and renovate the exterior of the Varendra Research Museum in Rajshahi. “I’m pleased to announce an additional grant of $85,000 from my fund to restore and renovate the exterior of the museum,” Mozena said. He made the announcement while addressing a function in Rajshahi that was arranged to celebrate the completion of $94,933 interior renovation project also funded by the United States through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. Expert architects and engineers have transformed the interior of the 18th Century building by restoring its interior, designing new display arrangements, and installing effective new lighting systems. The US diplomat said, the additional grant will help restore the museum’s exterior and introduce security solutions to safeguard the museum collections and bring the museum up to 21st century standards. This work will also include the boundary walls, power supply space, guardroom, ticket counter, exterior landscaping, and restoration of the internal courtyard. Mozena said cultural partnership is only one of many aspects of the abiding friendship between Bangladesh and the United States and the strong people-to-people ties that link the Americans and Bangladeshis. “I’m pleased that yesterday we have made these bonds even stronger.” Rajshahi City Mayor M Mosaddique Hossain. Divisional Commissioner Helal Uddin Ahmed, Rajshahi Zilla Parishad administrator Mahbub Zaman Bhulu and Rajshahi University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Mizanuddin, and Pro-VC Prof Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan, Prof Emeritus ABM Hossain and Varendra Research Museum Director Prof Sultan Ahmed were also present.