After two years at 209 E. Main St. in Union, the Franklin County Historical Society is looking for a new home.
“We were fortunate to have this place for two years,” said historical society president Lynn Wagner. “It’s a great place.
Wednesday, August 4 will be the last day the museum is open at the location just northwest of the Old Franklin County Courthouse. The building was vacated following the death of its owner, Bob Hansen, in June.
“He apparently had other plans for this,” Wagner said. “He always talked about putting a park there. “
Union Parks director Chad Pohlmann said he had heard nothing official about a plan to create a park at the site.
The historical society, which has no paid staff, is seeking to raise $ 400,000 for new museum space, which Wagner says would ideally be comparable to the current museum, which is 2,400 square feet plus 600 square feet of storage space. She said the historical society would prefer a site near the current location. “We try to stay in the center, but if we have to get out a bit, that’s okay.”
The historic society was in a nearby space at 15 N. Oak St. for approximately eight years before moving to its current location. This space also belonged to Hansen. Wagner said he gave the historical society the choice of which building they wanted to use.
“We chose the one with the best layout and the best lighting,” she said. “Bob has always been a supporter of the Franklin County Historical Society. He was one of the founding members in the 60s. He has been letting us use buildings for almost 10 years now.
Hansen helped start East Central College and served on its board from 1968 to 1996. He took over the family business, Hansen Franklin County Land Title & Abstract Co., and was also a co-owner of Hansen -Schroeder Realtors.
If the historical society, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, is not able to purchase a building immediately, it would be willing to move into a temporary facility.
“If we don’t find a building right away, we’ll put the items in temperature-controlled storage,” Wagner said. “Loaned items will revert to their owners, and items belonging to the museum will be stored. “
The museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Donations can be mailed to Franklin County Historical Society, PO Box 293, Union, MO 63084 or made online at bit.ly / 2VlUGgO.