Stuhr Museum looks to repair roofs

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The oncoming storm could cause more damage to roofs at the Stuhr Museum, which would expand an existing issue.

Stuhr wants to repair roofs on nine buildings throughout their campus. Donations from the Go Big Give campaign will fund this project, which they're calling "Raise the Roof."

"It is our responsibility to take care of the items that have been gifted to us," said Bonnie Smith, executive director of the Stuhr Museum Foundation. "We are the caretakers of history, so we have to do that. We rely on the community. We rely on support."

The roofs are suffering from natural wear and tear from Nebraska's winter weather. Some of them have holes.

The priority buildings are the Farm Machinery building, Gus Fonner Memorial Rotunda, Merrick Planing Mill, Lesher House, Milisen House, Sousa Shoe Shop, Stolley House and Summer Kitchen, Stolley Barn and Hardware Store.

The artifacts could be in jeopardy if these roofs aren't repaired, especially with the storm that's heading our way.

"It's going to be harder on the roofs that are already in disrepair. We know that we have to get this project done. That's why we are partnering with Go Big Give in order to bring this project to the forefront," Smith said.

Stuhr Museum will host a pre-fundraiser for the roof repairs. It'll be an event full of free music and food. Donations are encouraged.

It'll be at 6 p.m. on April 27 at the Stuhr Building.

The big day of online giving for Go Big Give is on May 2.