Rockford Museums To Get Share of $20 Million Investment

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 06/16 2014 11:26AM

Updated 06/16 2014 11:27AM

Discovery Center hosts 'Wacky Winter Workshop' for kids.
Discovery Center hosts 'Wacky Winter Workshop' for kids.

ROCKFORD - The state is doling out $20 million for museums across the state and some of that money is coming to the Forest City.

The money comes from the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.  The state hopes the investment will attract tourists and create jobs.

"Museums, like other natural and cultural facilities, improve local economies throughout the state" says Dept. of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller.  "These places can become the backbone of a strong social structure within our communities."

In Rockford, three museums will split roughly $900,000.  The Discovery Center will get $294,000 to replace and refurbish exhibits for ADA accessibility, as well as to expand the early childhood gallery.  The Rockford Art Museum will get $369,000 to upgrade storage, handling, and prep work.  Veterans Memorial Hall will get $251,900 to create and install an exhibit cabinetry, repair a Civil War statue, and prepare the site for out monument placement.

Below is the list of other Stateline museums receiving money:

  • Stephenson Co.: Stephenson Co. Historical Society, Freeport - $399,000
  • Ogle Co.: Byron Museum of History - $351,400
  • DeKalb Co.: Ellwood House Museum - $126,400

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