New Partnership Allows More Funding to Pioneer Park Historical Complex Submitted: 07/03/2020
Story By Morgan Johnson

New Partnership Allows More Funding to Pioneer Park Historical Complex
RHINELANDER - The Pioneer Park Historical Complex is popular not only among tourists but also school field trips and Rhinelander natives.

The buildings give people an endless amount of historical background on the city and surrounding areas.

Like many city-owned places, the complex operates mainly on donations.

In the past the museum has had trouble accepting the donations of larger amounts and tax-deductible ones.

Until a recent partnership, the museum was unable to accept donations of large amounts and tax-deductible ones.

The new alliance with the Rhinelander Community Foundation led to the creation of a general fund.

Creators of the fund George and Sondra Juetten will match any donation up to $25,000 to the fund.

Museum director Kerry Bloedorn says the new partnership opens up more opportunities towards projects at the park.

"We've had a number of projects lining up over the last several years and the funding constraints have limited what we could do," said Bloedorn. "By having access to more funds, we can contribute more funds toward the larger projects."

He says the first project to be continued is restoring the train engine that's on display.

Donators can contribute online or through the mail, and if they'd prefer the money go towards a specific building, they have that option too.

"Donations can also be earmarked for any of the seven existing museum buildings; the antique sawmill museum, the rural schoolhouse museum, the civilian conservation corps museum, antique fire truck museum, antique outboard motor and boat museum, logging museum, and the railroad museum," said Bloedorn.

Bloedorn feels as though knowing the history of where you live is a big part in connecting the community.

"When people visit a community, they can really tell a lot about what a community thinks about itself, in part by how it preserves its history," he said.

The museum will be closed tomorrow, July 4 but opens back up the next day.

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