'Gem of the Prairie' Plans for Revitilization

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

It's known as the 'Gem of the Prairie', and today, the Stuhr Museum foundation launched a campaign to rejuvenate the building.

Joe Black is Executive Director of the Stuhr Museum and he says it needs a big overhaul.

"It was built in the 60's and all of the major components, the heater, the electrical systems are still all the same systems that were there when it was built," said Black.

The restoration will cost $7 million for basic upgrades. The campaign has already raised over half of the total goal from private donations.

Kim Dinsdale is co-chair of the campaign. She says they wanted more improvements, but for now, they are focused on critical updates.

"There are no bells and whistles. There are no extras," said Dinsdale.

Regardless of modesty, it is still a huge undertaking.

Pam Price is Executive Director of the Stuhr Museum Foundation. She says,"The project is so immense that we are basically gutting the building."

Although the Stuhr Museum will be closed during construction, other attractions will still be operational.
Dinsdale says its vital for the community to understand the importance of the Stuhr Museum-- both historically and economically.

"It draws people from all over and we want to continue to share it with people from all over," said Dinsdale. "We want to be able to continue to share our Gem with everyone across the United States."

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