Howard Lake Herald, November 24, 1997

Humphrey Museum proposes taking over old village hall


Irene Bender, director of the Humphrey Museum, proposed to the Waverly City Council on Tuesday that the old village hall would be a good permanent place for the new museum.

She stated that no city monies would be used for renovation and all utilities would be paid for by the museum. This might be the museum's only chance to survive, said Bender.

Bender showed video clips to the council from national news coverage the museum has received to show how the city looks to the nation.

She stressed that the building would go from being a liability and expense for the city to an asset.

Other buildings are leased from cities for a nominal fee, said Humphrey Museum supporter Patty Campbell.

Campbell told the council the City of Cokato brings in 8,000 visitors a year to its little museum.

Mayor Charles Bush said it would be an advantage to the businesses to have an extra 10,000 or so people come through the downtown area.

He said they would stop to eat, buy gas, and maybe groceries. The downtown needs a reason to exist, said Bush.

Councilman Don Smith said, "We need a public meeting to see if people are in favor of it. I don't think there are any more than the seven of you who want it (the museum).

Later, Bender told the Herald there are 62 Waverly members and 58 members from other locations involved with the museum project.

A public meeting has been set for Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the village hall for public input on this issue.

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