SH foundation launches matching grant fundraiser for new maritime museum | Localnews

When Michigan Maritime Museum introduced a campaign this past spring to elevate $500,000 this summer season towards the design of a new two-tale museum, its workers and board hoped to bring in assistance from the community.

Some of that economic support will now be coming from the South Haven Region Local community Basis.

This 7 days, the foundation’s board of administrators announced the formation of a matching grant fund to aid the museum reach its $500,000 fundraising goal by summer’s finish.

From now until finally Sept. 30, the basis will match, dollar for greenback, all donations built to the basis for the project, up to $45,000, for a total contribution of $90,000 towards the museum’s new Heritage Center.

“We selected to sponsor a matching grant fund push to encourage public assist for the Michigan Maritime Museum task,” mentioned Roger Beglin, president of the community basis.

“The Michigan Maritime Museum has established itself above the past four many years as a leader in the preservation of Michigan’s Good Lakes maritime heritage, providing a heart for training, analysis and enrichment,” Beglin went on to say. “As a spot asset for the City of South Haven and the increased West Michigan area, the museum drives hundreds of visitors to the area each 12 months. Its growth will meet developing customer demand from customers and maintain South Haven’s harbor an genuine, dwelling representation of Great Lakes maritime society.”

The basis performed a very similar matching grant system past year for the Town of South Haven’s new splash pad. The basis matched just about $19,000 in public resources, for $38,000 toward the project.

Funding for the two the museum and splash pad matching grants comes from the foundation’s endowment fund, in accordance to Beglin.

The new Heritage Centre is just one portion of the maritime museum’s $8 million expansion of its museum buildings and grounds overlooking the city’s harborfront at 260 Dyckman Ave.

“We now have pledges totaling over $5.5 million,” explained Patti Reinert, govt director of the Maritime Museum. “We are inquiring our neighborhood to help us deliver this home! Every single donation will make a change, large or modest.”

If the museum can raise an extra $600,000 by the conclusion of this summer season, it will be ready to break ground this drop on a new 17,000-square-foot two-tale Heritage Center to replace the latest just one-story creating.

“We’ve outgrown that setting up,” reported Ashley Deming, director of schooling and administration for the museum, in an job interview earlier this yr.

The 1,000-square-foot setting up, donated to the museum by Palisades Nuclear Electrical power Plant, which utilized it for modest conferences, is roughly 45 years old. Its cramped quarters limit the museum from exhibiting bigger displays and plans.

“We just can’t handle the variety of people that tour the museum,” Deming reported. “The loos are extremely minimal as nicely. With the new museum we will be in a position to have much more area and remain open up year-spherical, which is vital.”

The new museum will house a massive exhibit place that can be divided in 50 %, extra bogs, a discovering middle for children’s programs, and an atrium spanning the two stories. The second flooring will have a lot more places of work, conference rooms and an party room and catering kitchen for museum and community gatherings.

As part of the $8 million growth venture, museum officers not only plan to build the new two-story museum, they also strategy to renovate both equally of the nearby Jensen fishery properties that were a short while ago obtained make a new two-story making on the Jensen web page for use by the museum’s tour captains and for little conferences swap the Jensen parking large amount with grass for out of doors events and workshops assemble two new docks for more time vessels and tall ships that pay a visit to the museum assemble an out of doors patio that will include a significant, 3-period tent for outdoor activities and improve the museum grounds by making them extra simply available for strolling to the museum’s other historic boat buildings and to its excursion boats, this sort of as the Good friends Fantastic Will tall ship.

Contributions to the SHCF’s “Launching a Legacy” match marketing campaign can be produced on the web at or by sending a donation to Higher South Haven Location Neighborhood Foundation, P.O. Box 507, South Haven, MI 49090. (Observe MMM Legacy Campaign) on the verify. For far more facts about the Michigan Maritime Museum and “Launching a Legacy” capital campaign, go to www.michiganmaritime -a-legacy/