(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a $20,000 funding request from the Cass County Historical Museum at their meeting this morning.
Shiona Putnam, Cass County Museum Board Member, told the Supervisors that they recently put a new roof on what they call the Sothman building because it was over 20 years old and had to be replaced. She said they have also acquired items from Wayne Kerkhoff’s collection that will now be part of the museum.
“It is a unique situation; we had no intention of doing this in the stages that we’re doing it now. We were going to take our time as the money came in and take care of that building. Nothing has been done to it for over 50 years, just the trash alone to clean the place up was over $500, so you can imagine what the inside looks like,” said Putnam. “We’re well on our way, but we need a little help.”
The Supervisors agreed to give the Cass County Historical Museum $10,000 now and another $10,000 in October.
Lila Hoogeveen, Museum Board Member, said it costs about $10,000 per year to run the museum, which is located in Griswold. The Cass County Board of Supervisors provide $5,000 each year and money is raised through fundraising efforts, donations, grants and membership fees.