Support for city museum sought

The installation of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the Seymour Museum allowed the board of directors to complete a couple of displays — just in time for the holidays.

During a recent meeting, the board decided since the heat will be on that the Southern Indiana Model Railroad Association’s display of model trains could be set up in the large exhibit room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. There also will be a telephone/camera display in the Green Room.

The public is invited to see the trains and check out the newest upgrades to the museum on the southeast corner of Third and Chestnut streets, according to a news release from the museum.

The board continues to work to upgrade and refurbish the historic Post Office building. Special displays will include collages of Seymourites who are widely known including John Mellencamp, Gov. Ed Whitcomb, Miss America Katie Stam and Olympian Patrick Calhoun.

The Community Foundation of Jackson County recently announced a grant of $7,500 to the museum to complete the HVAC system that will be completed prior to the train show.

Margaret Wilson also has recently agreed to serve as the Facebook, social media support for the organization.

The board also is reminding local donors and history buffs to remember Tuesday (Nov. 30) is Giving Tuesday. Donations to the continued upgrade of the building will be accepted online, at the museum from 1 to 4 p.m. that day or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 1138.

While work continues some of the special projects include restoring all of the windows on the second floor at a cost of $1,800 per window; exterior painting and stone cleaning; polishing the newly uncovered marble floor in the entry way; restoring the original wood floors in the large exhibit hall and Yellow Room; painting the large exhibit hall; electrical upgrade in the display area and back rooms; or designate your own gift for a special area.

Anyone interested in helping with the restoration and exhibitions of the museum are invited to talk with Len Hauersperger, Rodney Farrow or Bob Kamman. The board is currently looking for five active board members, and hobbyist, historians or craftsmen to help with continued restoration work.

Annual museum membership for 2022 is now due. Students and seniors are $15; individuals $25; families $50; corporations and organizations $100; and patron $500.