THE NEW MUSEUM
Size and Scope of the Project
As a person drives past the new museum/learning center site, the size of the project is impressive. The new building at 60’ wide and 70’ deep is three times as wide as the present museum and the same length. Since the former Miller-Piehl office building will be maintained as an old time country store, the historical society will be able to utilize the facility for display and storage.
Marge Coonen, longtime historical society member and treasurer, summed up the feelings of the board members. “We are thrilled with the progress of the new building. It is an example of many people from different generations pulling together to improve our community and preserve the history of Seymour. It is a great addition to the downtown.”
Something for Everyone
In addition to displaying items from the past, the new facility will provide educational activities for children and adults. The second floor flex space is large enough to provide space for visiting exhibits and presentations. The historical society is committed to organizing and making available a variety of programs with cultural, educational, and social value. Plans are underway to include an archival area suitable for doing genealogical research.
The new museum/learning center provides offices for the society and the Home of the Hamburger organization. Eventually, the gift shop will feature hamburger related items tied to local history and other objects of interest.
Plans are underway to collaborate with Countryside Photographers to include an old time photo studio where during certain events kids may have their pictures taken in period clothing. These are just a few examples how the new museum/learning center will enrich our lives.
Thank You for Your Support
By Bill Collar
On behalf of all the members of the historical society, the SCHS Board of Directors extends a sincere “Thank You” to everyone who has believed in this project and who has contributed toward construction. A project of this magnitude is not possible without a great deal of teamwork. This includes all donors, Seymour City Council, Mayors Pingel, Rottier, and Schutte, and the planning and encouragement of the steering committee consisting of Jim Campbell, John Cumicek, Tom Duffey, Carl Kuehne, Don Hoff - DDS, Debbie Peterson, Perry Pierre, Harold Pingel, Pudge Schuh, and Elizabeth Timmins. Present and future generations will benefit from your commitment of time and expertise.
Bill Collar Gail Dean Sue Keyzers
Bob Coonen Ellen Piehl Duffy John Koenigs
Marge Coonen Janice Eick Jennie Huettl
Lois Dalke Mike Keyzers