For many things, the aging process beautifies and adds character to the item. Think of all the antique furniture, cars, and other objects that have stood the test of time, when carefully preserved.
The aging process for buildings is a little different. They need ongoing maintenance, repairs, and sometimes complete renovations to specific areas.
For us, it’s time.
For more than 100 years, our building has been braving the harsh Michigan winters.
Yes, building standards were different a century ago.
Yes, they used quality materials back then.
But not everything lasts forever.
Good foundational drainage is critical for a solid, long-lasting structure. Exterior walls of brick can suck moisture inside to interior walls and ceilings.
Interior moisture will damage the precious artifacts and archival items stored and displayed in the museum.
Now, the building needs some tender loving care. We need your help to continue preserving the history and educational aspects of what our non-profit organization stands for.
Once the moisture repairs are completed in the previous phases, the building will need to sit through a full heating/cooling season to allow the moisture already in the walls to dry out before beginning any interior repair work.
In the summer of 2024, we will repair existing water and moisture damage to interior walls and ceiling surfaces. This includes the exhibit spaces, storage spaces, common areas, and the auditorium on the first and second floors. We plan to replace damaged plaster and drywall and add fresh paint to all.
The rooms will be done one at a time so the museum can remain open during the project. It is expected to take at least a full year to complete this phase. Funding of Phase IV is not part of this initial campaign. But we will be seeking sponsors for individual rooms with the name of the sponsoring organization or person prominently displayed in that room.
The public is invited to participate in the project through donations to the Society’s capital fund. The project will cost $112,000 and be completed before the end of the year.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to assist with this project. Click the button above to begin.
Don’t let the construction keep you away!
The museum, which is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, will continue to operate on its normal schedule throughout the project.
The officers, trustees, and volunteers are committed to carrying out the mission of the Lenawee Historical Society to bring Lenawee County’s history alive for the community and for distant patrons seeking information about the county and its incredibly diverse history. A key feature of this work is the continued operation of the Lenawee Historical Museum for many years to come.