Museum Building Fund Continues to Grow
Several recent pledges and donations have pushed the building fund for the new museum to over $700,000.00. The goal for the building and operating fund is 1.4 million. The steering committee consisting of Jim Campbell, Bill Collar, John Cumicek, Tom Duffey, Dr. Don Hoff, Carl Kuehne, Debbie Peterson, Perry Pierre, Harold Pingel, Pudge Schuh, and Elizabeth Timmins, has decided to aim to break ground in September, 2010. The committee, along with the Seymour Community Historical Society Board of Directors, has been working on this project for several years and is now launching a major capital campaign to raise the additional funds.
The multi-purpose learning center will feature the latest in modern technology to display artifacts and tell the story of the early settlers and progressive development of the city and surrounding area. The present building will be preserved and converted into an old time country store. When completed, the result will be the finest small city museum in Wisconsin. It will provide meeting space, offices for the society and HOTH, and proper facilities for presentations and traveling exhibits.
How You Can Help
Your help is needed to assist in providing a state of the art facility that will be cherished by future generations. This History Bulletin provides facts about the building project, and how you may contribute to help make it a reality. Additional information is on the society Web site (www.seymourhistory.org). Recently an anonymous donor sponsored a video featuring Horatio Seymour promoting Seymour and the new museum. It is accessible on the Web site for your viewing. The innovative use of technology to bring the city’s namesake back to life is typical of the unique educational opportunities that will impress visitors to the new facility. It will not be a traditional museum, but a creative, interactive learning experience.
The building is designed to be a cultural, educational, and community center. It will contain a large room that may serve as a classroom, meeting room, or display area. The present museum is too crowded. It lacks appropriate exhibit area, does not accommodate visiting groups, and fails to meet present building code requirements.
If you, your family, or organization, are interested in a comprehensive presentation about the new museum, please contact the historical society president, Bill Collar at 920 (833-6064). Meanwhile, view more details on page two of this publication. A pledge form and envelope are enclosed for your convenience.