The DeWitt County Museum and its leadership are committed to making it through a difficult period in its history and thanks to some unexpected support during the shutdown, they believe the DeWitt County landmark will do so without question.
It is estimated a third of all small, rural museums are in jeopardy of permanently closing in light of the coronavirus shutdowns but Director Joey Long says the DeWitt County Museum has a great nest egg thanks to the annual Apple n' Pork Festival.
According to Long, while the Apple n' Pork Festival accounts for a good amount of their yearly budget, that is not the only source of revenue. Foot traffic and memberships are also integral to their financial viability and she says there have been some nice contributions to their cause.
Grants will also help the museum make it through. Long says she applied and recently received word they have received a grant from Ameren Illinois. Additionally, membership renewals have come in at higher levels than in years past.
As for when the museum might open up, Long says they are at the mercy of the guidance of the Governor and the regulations in the 'Restore Illinois' plan. She explains they are working on a plan to reopen and it will need approval before they can open their doors again.
According to Long, 90-percent of their visitors are from outside DeWitt County, so when they have a date set for their reopening, they will be working hard to make sure their message is heard 'far and wide'.
For the latest on any information regarding a Museum reopening and the guidelines that will be in place, Long directs the public to their Facebook page.