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home : news : north central illinois   May 29, 2016

7/13/2013 5:39:00 AM
Mendota museum expansion work starting


NewsTribune photo/Tamara AbbeyAttending the groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion of the Breaking the Prairie Museum at Mendota this week were board member Dwight Frick (front, from left), Mathesius Brothers descendant Jim Mathesius, major donor Richard Zimmerman, (back, from left) museum board president Rick Wujek, contractor Mike Schultz, contractor Travis Barkman, major supporter Eric Anderson, contractor David Hubbard, and board members Mark Heiman and Len Schaller. The groundbreaking took place at a barn that originally was donated by the Mathesius brothers.
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NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey
Attending the groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion of the Breaking the Prairie Museum at Mendota this week were board member Dwight Frick (front, from left), Mathesius Brothers descendant Jim Mathesius, major donor Richard Zimmerman, (back, from left) museum board president Rick Wujek, contractor Mike Schultz, contractor Travis Barkman, major supporter Eric Anderson,
contractor David Hubbard, and board members Mark Heiman and Len Schaller. The groundbreaking took place at a barn that originally was donated by the Mathesius brothers.
Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief



MENDOTA — Major supporters, contractors and members of the Breaking the Prairie Museum board of directors gathered Wednesday afternoon to formally break ground for the museum’s 30-foot by 40-foot expansion to the building located just north of the Union Depot Railroad Museum and Amtrak station.

The estimated $37,000 construction will start soon and is expected to take several weeks.

Ken Otterbach is donating his excavation services to prepare for the new construction.

When finished, the museum will offer greater display and storage space to house the growing collection of early farm implements and tools.










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