The Becker County Museum's Re-Imagine Project has entered its second phase and needs the public’s help.
The Re-Imagine Phone-a-Thon, coming up Tuesday, Nov. 19, will collect 3- to 5-year pledges to support the new Becker County History, Science, and Children’s Museum. The one-day Phonathon’s goal is $100,000. Make a pledge by calling the museum at 218-847-2938.
For more details and/or a private visit, contact museum director, Becky Mitchell, and her volunteer team.
The planned two-story facility, slated to break ground in the fall of 2020, will triple the existing usable space at the museum to include areas for historical exhibits, children’s active learning centers, archive and research libraries, a recording studio, storage, expandable public gathering halls, a roof-top garden, gift and coffee shops, handicap accessibility features, and security.
The new museum will be connected to the north end of the Historic Holmes Theater with matching brick, creating a seamless appearance with shared heating and cooling efficiencies as well as co-staffing the lobby and additional parking to serve the entire Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center and new museum.
The current facility is too small for current programming, is not handicap accessible, and threatens historic documents due to water and mold issues. The minimum price tag for the new facility is $6.4 million. Currently, staff and volunteers have raised $3.2 million and have requested $3 million from the Minnesota legislature through a bonding bill to be determined in May 2020.
Listen for Becker County Museum Phone-a-Thon updates Nov. 19 on Leighton Broadcasting: 1340 AM, 93.1 FM, 102.3, and 104.1.