Museum Project Announcement
The trustees of the Humphrey
Museum in Waverly regret that the goal for projected funds needed
to create the Humphrey Museum and Learning Center has not been
met, and therefore the project will not proceed.
This includes renovating and
restoring the Waverly Village Hall, creating exhibits, and establishing
For the past four years, the
museum board has worked toward a vision which would create a
place where people of all ages could experience, study, and debate
the issues which Hubert Humphrey influenced during his 30 years
as a public servant.
The program themes of "Humphrey
- The Humanitarian at Home in Waverly and the World," "The
Food for Peace Program," "Civil Rights - Fifty Years
of Human Rights," and "Vietnam - A Nation Divided"
were to explore the problems and solutions during that period
of history which are still relevant in today's world.
The museum's collection of Humphrey
artifacts will be given to the Wright County Historical Society.
The majority of contributed project funds will be given to the
Initiative Foundation for further education and rural development.
The board will explore using
a portion of the funds for a local tribute. The one million dollar
1998 bonding appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature will
not be released.
Board President Catherine Jackson
stated: "The entire board is very disappointed that the
project is not able to go forward as planned. A board goal was
to build an endowment to fund the ongoing operations of the museum.
Despite some significant pledges of money toward our goals of
building the museum and funding the endowment, the board decide
that we would not be able to complete our funding targets in
the allotted time frames."
The Humphrey Museum board and
staff express their sincere thanks to members, friends, and the
media for their support.