Four years after the initial conversations began. . . three years after negotiations began with the school system, two years after rough plans were put on paper and one year after fundraising efforts were kicked-off. . .ground was finally broken in May and construction was set to begin on the new “barn” addition to the Ankeny Area Historical Society Museum.
Numerous members, well wishers, volunteers and dignitaries attended the ceremony where Terrace third grader teacher Marge Schima and two of her students, John Nelson & Shelby Miller chiseled out the first shovel of dirt to mark the beginning of the 30'
X 70' two-story building. After touring the museums last fall, Ms Schima's class raised $20 for the museum. Estimates and hopes are for the building to be ready for artifacts and visitors by early 2006.
The new addition will feature an agriculture section, school area, library and media center as well as several other displays. It will have an elevator, basement for storage and will allow the original museum to evolve back to a display of mostly period home exhibits.
Donations Continue to Come from Individuals, Businesses, Clubs and Organizations