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Museum requests funding for 2019

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

The Wabash County Historical Museum on Monday requested $35,000 in funding for 2019. The request was taken under advisement by the Wabash County Commissioners following their meeting Monday. 

Mitch Figert, president and chief executive officer of the museum, says the museum has requested $35,000 from the County for the past five years since he joined the organization.

Funding from the County and sponsors helps an estimated 5,000 students from six counties in northeast Indiana attend the museum free of charge, Figert said.

“Every kid gets an educational activity that’s geared to their grade standard,” Figert said.

The funds, if approved, will also help digitize the museum’s inventory for safekeeping and update the museum’s technology systems. Figert said if the museum were to burn down at this time, paper records and photographs would be lost. But digitizing the inventory will allow a digital version to live on in a backup server. Figert says the process makes research more convenient, too.

“What we’re doing is...when most people think of a county museum, they think of a dusty warehouse,” he said. “What we’ve done over the last five years is talk about how we can use those artifacts for education and how we can engage younger families. What we want to do is give a really phenomenal museum experience here in Wabash.”

Figert will take his request to the Wabash County Council later this month.

In other business, the commissioners opened two bids for Bridge 155, on Meridian Road over Clear Creek.

The first, made by R. G. Zachrich Construction, was for $629,984. The second, made by Primco Construction, was for $470,047.56. Both bids were taken under advisement.