HHH museum awarded grant; further plans made
By Irene Bender, Executive Director, Humphrey Museum
Kathy Gaalswyk, executive director, announced that the Central Minnesota Initiative Fund, has awarded a $25,000 Multi-Community Project Grant to the Hubert H. Humphrey Museum and Learning Center, Waverly, for the design and development of the project.
The Central Minnesota Initiative Fund is a regional foundation providing grants to not-for-profits, business loans and training for community development and human services.
The grant will be used for the schematic design to restore and renovate the Waverly Village Hall and exhibit design for the interpretive center. These plans and documents need to be identified to begin our fund campaign.
The Humphrey Board of Trustees is grateful for the appropriation included in the Minnesota State Legislature Bonding Bill.
That appropriation will not be available until we have a design plan in place.
The board has also identified the need for programming, exhibit, and operating costs for a museum. Those plans will then be used for our fund campaign.
Restoring a building for a museum can be costly. The board is working very hard to identify the best architect and exhibit design which will meet professional museum standards.
The building will need to be accessible and have a controlled environment. Exhibits will need to tell an interactive and balanced story of the themes we have identified which are:
The gallery is planned for the main floor. The lower level will be used for classrooms and serve as a community meeting area.
The adaptive use of this Waverly landmark will again become a vital public center where visitors, students, and the community can gather.
The building will be preserved to serve as a memory of the many gatherings that took place in the hall. The museum will be an asset to the community and area.
The grant was based on a multi-community benefit. Our application stated that our programming will serve a regional, statewide, and national audience.
We plan to institute a program with the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District that can be shared and presented to area schools.
We will also promote the many museums along the Highway 12 country corridor with a joint brochure that has just been printed.
Our location makes this a popular destination for day trips. Tour groups are always looking for restaurants, antique shops, and interesting local sights in the country.
We need community support to move forward with this project. If you have any questions, please call the museum office at 612-658-4505.
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