Lewisburg museum facing financial challenge
LEWISBURG – A local museum could use a boost. The Packwood House Museum of Lewisburg has released a statement outlining their financial struggles. According to museum staff, the trust that once provided them with a generous monthly stipend has been reduced. The museum is open and does have two major fundraisers each year.
The museum was created when the founder, Edith Fetherston – a Lewisburg native and graduate of Bucknell University — passed away in 1972. In her will, she arranged for the creation of a museum to share her extensive collection. In the beginning, financial support came from a trust, but over the years the stipend has steadily declined.
As of this month, the stipend has been cut by 25% — a reduction that threatens the basic operating expenses of the museum, including staff salaries, utility costs and the preservation of its collections. The release states, “The support we receive from the community, as donations of both money and time, may well decide the outcome of this challenge.”
To learn more about the Packwood House Museum go to www.packwoodhousemuseum.com. There you can also learn more about upcoming fund raising events, including the Attic Tag Sale and the Champagne and Orchids Dinner. (Codi Jade)
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