DuPage County Historical Museum gets $750,000 grant for masonry and gutter repairs on 131-year-old building

The Wheaton Park District recently received a $750,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to pursue a project to stabilize the masonry and rebuild the gutters of the DuPage County Historical Museum building.

The historic 1891 building, located at 102 E. Wesley St. in Wheaton, originally housed the Adams Memorial Library.

It currently houses historical exhibits, artifacts, and archives that help tell the story of the county’s history.

The museum is operated as a Wheaton Park District facility and is owned by DuPage County.

The grant will be issued through IDNR’s Museum Capital Grants Program.

“The quality of your plans to improve museum opportunities for Illinois citizens is recognized by your selection in this year’s highly competitive selection process,” wrote Gary K. Eicken, Chief of Office of assistance in managing IDNR grants, in a letter to Wheaton Park. District Executive Director Michael Benard. “Congratulations on being a successful candidate and thank you for your dedicated efforts to enhance cultural and educational opportunities in Illinois.”

“The much-needed repairs to the DuPage County Historical Museum building, made possible by this generous grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will ensure county residents and visitors continue to benefit greatly from the exemplary programs and exhibits of the museum for years to come,” said Wheaton Park District Executive Director Mike Benard.

The District of Wheaton Park would like to thank the community and everyone who helped secure this grant, especially Judy Beaver, President of the Wheaton Chapter of the League of Women Voters; David Thiel, president of the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation; Vickie Austin, president of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce; Becky Adamowski, director of the Wheaton Public Library, and Nancy Flannery of the Wheaton Historic Commission.

For more information, please contact Margie Wilhelmi at [email protected]

Visit dupagemuseum.org or www.facebook/dupagemuseum.

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