Seymour Museum Center launches capital campaign

Seymour Museum Center officials say they are launching the nonprofit organization’s most exciting capital campaign drive to date.

Funds raised will be used to install an elevator to complete the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant requirements to the second-floor exhibit room.

The city granted more than $229,000 to the center from the American Rescue Plan program to renovate the first and second floors of the Old Federal Building at 220 N. Chestnut St.

The first floor will house the Welch telephone collection and other historic displays and artifacts from Seymour’s history, while the second floor will house a period model train display of Seymour and other transportation exhibits. Work has begun on the restoration of these two areas with plans to be completed by summer.

A bid of $250,000 for the remodel and installation of the elevator from Force Construction Co. Inc. has been approved by the board as the capital campaign begins.

Giving levels to be recognized by the board include:

Railroad — Milwaukee $5,000 to $24,999; Pennsylvania $25,000 to $49,999; B&O $50,000 to $100,000

Conductor — $5,000

Engineer — $4,000 to $4,999

Brakeman — $3,000 to $3,999

Fireman — $2,000 to $2,999

Porter — $1,000 to $1,999

Station Master — $500 to $999

To date, $500 has been donated by board members to kick off the campaign, and they challenge the community to join the effort to complete the elevator project as soon as possible.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project, touring the facility or donating to the campaign can contact President Len Hauersperger at [email protected] or Treasurer Bob Kamman at [email protected]