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  Why does the Iron Hill Museum need a Capital Campaign?

What will the current museum building be used for?

How much will the new Learning Center cost?

How can patrons and the general public help with the cost of the new Learning Center?
 

 


 
Why does the Iron Hill Museum need a Capital Campaign

With the space available, we can no longer accommodate the number of students who wish to visit the museum. The current museum can only handle about one bus load of students at a time—the new Learning Center will allow us to welcome multiple groups of students at the same time, allowing many more students to benefit from the museum’s collections. It will also create enough space so that we can add work benches and lab benches where students can learn hands-on about Delaware’s natural environment.

In addition, we won’t be able to restore the schoolhouse until we are able to move our exhibits to the new facility.



What will the current museum building be used for?

We will restore the one-room schoolhouse that originally occupied the current museum building, complete with original desks, a pot-bellied stove, and books, and create exhibits that will tell the story not only of the  Delaware African Americans who attended this one-room schoolhouse, but all 90 schoolhouses like this that existed in Delaware before public school integration



How much will the new Learning Center cost?

Early on we also received a $25,000 development grant from the Welfare Foundation and an in kind donation from Remline Company for a descriptive brochure of the project. In time we received a contribution from New Castle County Government of $1,000,000. Recently we have received contributions of $25,000 from the Crystal Trust and $5,000 from the BHF Foundation.

We need an additional $1,320,000 for phase I of the project and $250,000 for the school house restoration.



How can patrons and the general public help with the cost of the new Learning Center?

Though our goal for the Learning Center fund is ambitious, we are confident that with the help of our patrons and the general public, we will reach our ultimate goal. As always, we encourage patrons and friends of the museum to contribute to our Capital Campaign by making a donation of support. Donations can be made in numerous ways as detailed on the Ways to Give page.
   
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