The Merrill Historical Society “It’s About Time” capital campaign for a new museum has reached the $665,000 mark according to President Bea Lebal. Because fund raising has been successful, Lebal said plans for bidding the project and discussions with museum exhibit companies are moving forward.
To make the museum a stand-out experience, consideration is being given in the second phase of development to offering exhibits that engage the viewer through touch screen technology, video and multi-dimensional animation. As additional funds are raised, the hope is to assure that viewing Merrill history will be fun and exciting. That would be done through engaging displays that are easily accessible and environmentally protected. Also being considered are methods to provide intuitive research technology for access to archived information.
As plans for the new building and the construction schedule are proceeding, the Historical Society is entertaining an offer from Habitat for Humanity of Merrill. The volunteer group may contribute labor for interior renovations and finish work in the existing Heritage Center. Habitat has assisted other Merrill non-profits with construction projects.