Museum seeking donors

Not to be overlooked is the plaque dedicated to the number of sponsors that give donations each year, monetary contributions allowing the museum to maintain operations.

The sign honors nearly 70 individuals and business for making donations in 2006. More names could be added to the list for 2007.

The museum has begun its annual fundraising drive.

"Donations help to underwrite our part-time employees," museum director Dan Davidson said. "It's what keeps us open that sixth day each week. Saturdays are made possible by donations."

Part-time employees are responsible for items coming into the museum -- sectioning, cataloging and indexing new arrivals. They also clean the museum and change layouts and displays.

Future plans at the museum call for a display of Deakins family memorabilia and publication of the C.A. Stoddard book, "Tales of the Old West Retold."

Sponsors are asked to support the museum for a day, week or month by donating operating costs of $40, $250, or $1,000, respectively.

While a number of volunteers donate countless hours to help the museum, part-time workers also operate special educational programs for the community, as well as keep records updated.

The museum is actively involved with the Grand Olde West Days summer festival and an annual downtown artwalk, as well as special events such as the celebration of Moffat County's 95th birthday.

Each year hundreds of visitors and residents find answers to genealogical questions in the museum's files.

Public support, including donations of artifacts and money, are what keep the museum operating at its high level of success, Davidson said.

"We do much better in receiving help by donations than we did when we tried charging an admission fee a few years ago," the museum director said. "The donations enable us to have the freedom and flexibility to accomplish what we want to do."

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

For more information about donating to the Museum of Northwest Colorado, call museum director Dan Davidson at 824-6360, or stop by the museum, 590 Yampa Ave.

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