Donating to the Barnes Historical Museum

THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU CAN HELP TO CONTINUE THE EFFORTS OF DISPLAYING AND PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF BARNES FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF BARNES AND ALL OF OUR VISITORS AND GUESTS.  HELPING CAN BE BY VOLUNTEERING YOUR TIME AND TALENT, DONATING HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS FOR DISPLAY AND BY CONTRIBUTING FINANCIALLY TO SUPPORT THE ONGOING AND FUTURE COSTS OF THE MUSEUM.

The beautiful Museum and Historical Center and its exhibits and programs was only possible to have been achieved through the efforts and contributions of the many volunteers, members and donors who so generously donated their time, talent and dollars.  To continue to operate, maintain and grow, there are several ways you can help.  We appreciate any support, large or small.

Volunteering:  Several fundraising events are held annually and help is needed to set-up and operate those events.  To find out about being a part of an event, contact the following members:

Winterfest; Lu Peet (715) 795-3065

Summerfest; Tam Larson (715) 796-2402

Gordon MacQuarrie Pilgrimage; Larry Bergman (715)795-2442

Christmas Bazaar; Florence Prickett (715) 795-2145

Help is also needed at the Museum during the hours of operation to serve as a Docent, and to help with tours and presentations. Please contact Florence Prickett if you are interested.

When improvement projects are being worked on, help is needed in various forms and skills to plan and execute the project objectives.  If you have time and talents to donate and are interested in this kind of activity please call Steve Lynch, (425) 318-0851 or John Amend, (715) 795-3133.

The BAHA Board of Directors always welcomes new people to become part of the inner workings of the organization.  Become an Officer or Director.  Come to the Monthly meetings and see if that is an area of interest for you.

Artifacts:  If you have items of historical interest, or information of a historical nature, it is always welcomed by BAHA.  Please call Ariel Amend, (715) 795-3133 and present and discuss what you have and how it might fit in.

Financial Support:  It takes financial support beyond our fundraising events and memberships to keep the organization operating and growing.  Your generous contributions in the past have enabled BAHA to successfully create and present the Museum and its programs.  To continue the progress and to add new and exciting options, we do additional fundraising through our Capital Campaign. 

In 2013, this effort was established began to raise money with an overall plan and goal of reaching $300,000.00.

Funds raised in this effort have been used to purchase and renovate the Museum building that was purchased in 2013 and opened in 2016, and helped to pay off the Mortgage in 2019!

Part of the Capital Campaign includes the Heritage Village Project, which is intended to acquire and preserve historical buildings of the Barnes Past.  In 2019 the Pease one room school was moved to the Museum grounds, and it will be renovated and opened for viewing in 2020.   The next building to be moved and restored is the Kaufmann family log home that is planned to be moved to the Museum grounds in 2020 with renovation to follow.

Other future improvements and projects are planned that will continue to add to and further the history of Barnes.  Maintenance of the Museum building such as a new furnace and new roofing will soon be needed.  Expansion of the Museum building footprint is being planned.  Adding to the Heritage Village with existing historical buildings and possibly creating a Barnes Avenue replica lane to feature building fronts that have long since been lost is another objective.  We would like to build an outdoor pavilion to allow events to be held on site. Many other items on our wish list are dependent on more funds being raised.    

Endowment to create financial stability and future security is another goal of the Capital Campaign.  We are placing Donor Plaques in prominent display in the Museum this year with various levels of financial contribution to recognize and thank our many donors.

We need and are thankful for your continuing support.  If you would like to help and would like more information about this Campaign, please call Larry Bergman (715) 795-2442 or Steve Lynch (425) 318-0851.