Friends of Museum plan fund-raising dinner

Friends of Museum plan fund-raising dinner The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Museum will host their annual fund-raising and membership dinner on Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. in Sletwold Hall at the W. H. Over Museum.

Featured entertainment during dinner will be the Buckaroos, a popular singing group in Vermillion, headed by Royce Engstrom. Guest speaker for the evening will be Bernie Hunhoff, editor and founder of South Dakota Magazine.

Following the talk attendees will have the opportunity, if they like, to join the Friends of the Museum, to make a donation and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

The Friends of the Museum invite everyone to join in the work at the museum by making an annual contribution which will be used, as needed, for maintenance and improvement of the building as well as exhibits. The board is especially interested in adding to the long-term endowment

programs geared to give the museum substantial independence and enough income to enlarge its professional staff.

In spite of the museum's small staff, the Friends have designed and completed the first phase of the Lewis and Clark-Spirit Mound Learning Center in the North Gallery and are in the process of adding to the computer programs there as well as to the early people's exhibit.

The general public will be able to choose into which of the areas they would like to put their major support and their volunteer time as possible.

This spring, for example, FOM President Maxine Johnson has volunteered as a docent to show school groups and tourists through the museum. She highlights the Lewis and Clark Learning Center which was funded largely by matching grants obtained last year from the state of South Dakota and the National Park Service. However, the addition of the audio script for children and handicapped persons who come to visit is needed.

Matching funds are needed for this project.

In addition, volunteer exhibits designer Alex Mehaffey has been constructing a background for the story of the earliest Native American farmers in the area.

"These exciting new things along with essential repair and replacement of worn carpets and humidifiers, for example, makes the fund-raising project absolutely necessary," said Bob Noiva, chair of the Finance Committee.

To reserve a place for your family, friends, and yourself, just call the museum, 605-677-5228. The Board of the W. H. Over Museum invites everyone to come and share the ham dinner they are preparing, enjoy the music and be inspired by Hunhoff's talk.

A tour of the facility will be given by Director Dorothy Neuhaus after the program to those interested.

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