Volunteer and Donor event sends the Museum building at the State Fair off in style

Volunteer and Donor event sends the Museum building at the State Fair off in style

Volunteer and Donor event sends the Museum building at the State Fair off in style; Good news received regarding new location on the fairgrounds 

The Minnesota Newspaper Museum at the State Fairgrounds was the scene of a wonderful event Saturday, September 7, to thank the dedicated volunteers and donors who have made the museum work each year.

The event also acted as one last “goodbye” to the building that has housed the museum since 1987. In the coming weeks the building will be razed as part of a renovation of the Heritage Square exhibit area and the creation of an adjacent transit station. The museum’s premier collection of letterpress printing equipment will be moved to a storage location until May of 2014.

Minnesota Newspaper Foundation board members Linda Falkman and Julie Bergman met with Jim Sinclair, Deputy Manager of the State Fair on Friday. They were told that the State Fair organization is actively looking for a new location on the fairgrounds and that they are dedicated to find a building or space to make the continuation of the museum feasible. A final decision on that space is not expected until early in 2014.

The event was sponsored in part by State Auto Insurance, the Minnesota Newspaper Association, the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation and the Musty-Barnhart Agency. 

A 'vertical guest book' in the front office of the museum offered a place for folks to bid farewell to the building.
“Three Generations” MNA Executive Director Lisa Hills, left, with Executive Directors Emeritus Bob Shaw and Linda Falkman
Key members of the Operations Committee Carlton DeWitt, Roger Rafferty and Michelle Leonard were recognized during a short program by MNF President Julie Bergman, All three have been at the museum nearly every day of the State Fair for the past several years.
Longtime supporters of the museum since its conception, Charles Warner and Gene and Kathy Johnson were also recognized,  along with Bob Shaw. Each received a print of a beautiful watercolor painting of the museum done by artist Linda Axvig, wife of MNA Past President Keith Axvig. The prints were courtesy of MNA.
Just part of the crowd on hand for the Museum Event Saturday. Packing boxes are seen in the foreground. The process of packing the collection in preparation for storage began last week and will be completed in the coming weeks.