Thank You for Your Donation
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
Collecting, protecting and preserving the History of Barron County is our mission. In order to meet our mission, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals like you, we wouldn't be able to serve those in our community each year.
We are continuing and expanding our service in a way that supports strong, vibrant communities, acts as a catalyst for economic growth, helps citizens envision a better future, and inspires future leaders by providing a foundation on which to build.
In 2020, we are facing unprecedented challenges in keeping the museum maintained and open to the public in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These challenges have meant the loss of our annual spring school tours and spring events, as well as fewer June hours. Despite this, our volunteers have kept working hard to make the Pioneer Village Museum bigger and better for visitors to return to when they're comfortable.
Without your help, none of this would be possible. Your gift will allow us to do all of this and more. Donations strengthen our organization and the programming that we offer.
The General Fund
Donations to the general fund are vital to the success of Pioneer Village Museum!
The historic buildings are in constant need of maintenance and repair. This includes work on roofs, windows, and doors. Occasionally there is structural work needed as well.
We are fortunate to have volunteers who generously donate their time and skills, greatly reducing the cost of labor; however we still need to buy materials and hire professionals for some of the work.
The exhibit buildings also require a great deal of upkeep. In addition to the buildings, the exhibits themselves are constantly being created, changed, and made more “visitor friendly.”
Special events, such as day camps, luncheons, or special visitors, often have a "hidden cost" in supplies, travel costs, or other operating costs. Donations to the General Fund can also help defray these costs.
So when you ask, “Where do my donation dollars go?” you can rest assured that you'll be able to see your dollars at work, every place you look, once you enter the museum gates.
The Museum collects objects, photographs, and documents that help to better understand Barron County and exemplifies its history as it has evolved over time. It looks for items that are unique and have a local story or relationship. The Museum may only take in that which pertains to specific buildings or exhibits currently in existence, production, or planning. Since the quality and relevance of collections are vital to the usefulness of the Museum, acquisitions shall meet the following conditions:
1) Be relevant to the purposes and priorities of the Museum
2) Be adequately registered, documented, and acknowledged
3) Be properly stored and cared for
4) Be restorable at reasonable expense with a reasonable timeline (if applicable)
5) Be available for research, education, and exhibition purposes*
If you have artifacts you would like to donate to the Pioneer Village Museum, please contact us at 715-458-2080.
*This information has been extracted from our Collections Policy. To continue reading, click here.
Our volunteers contribute their time and talents to operate and maintain the museum. They help ensure that our local history and culture will continue to be honored and enjoyed by present and future generations. Their kindness and generosity is much appreciated and valued. The museum cannot operate without them! Please consider joining our volunteer team and see what a difference you can make.