Local Museums Receive State Grant Funding

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Several Stateline museums land grant money to help complete upgrades and improve their facilities.

Governor Pat Quinn’s office released on Saturday the list of museums that would receive money from the state's capital construction program. That program was passed in 2009. The Discovery Center is getting $294,000 to expand the early childhood gallery and make the museum more handicapped accessible. The Rockford Art Museum will receive $369,000 to upgrade its storage capabilities. Veterans Memorial Hall will get $293,000 to fix a statue and build an outdoor monument.

Below is a full list of the awards for the area.

DeKalb County
Ellwood House Museum, $126,400 to replace the roof and large terrace tile, including Grand Army of the Republic Memorial, Aurora, $750,000 for cabinetry restoration, woodwork and floor finishing, partition walls, lighting, climate control and emergency systems. Total project cost $1.07 million.

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles, $130,400 to create an indoor/outdoor glacial-themed exhibit including interpretive kiosks and learning stations. Total project cost $180,400.

McHenry County
Lost Valley Visitor Center, $400,000 to create exhibits for the Visitor Center in the Glacial Park Conservation Area. Total project cost $400,000.

Ogle County
Byron Museum of History, $351,400 to remodel the Quonset hut attached to the museum to provide more exhibit space. Total project cost $401,400.

Stephenson County
Stephenson County Historical Society, Freeport, $399,000 to remove and replace existing artifact storage and display area to include water and sewer service and make it ADA accessible. The entry drive will also be widened. Total project cost $499,000.

Winnebago County
Discovery Center Museum, Rockford, $294,000 to replace and refurbish exhibits for ADA accessibility, and to expand the early childhood gallery. Total project cost $294,000.

Rockford Art Museum, $369,000 to upgrade storage, handling and prep work. Total project cost $369,000.

Veterans Memorial Hall, Rockford, $251,900 to create and install exhibit cabinetry, repair a Civil War statue and prepare the site for outdoor monument placement. Total project cost $293,400.


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