End of Year Appeal
As a former Springfield Children’s Museum trustee and Associate Director of the Illinois State Museum, I followed the frequently changing plans for the Kidzeum with great interest over many years. Frankly, I often wondered if the dream would ever become a reality. But, thanks to the unwavering determination and tenacity of Rachael Thomson and her team of dedicated board members, the Kidzeum opened last July. It is a tremendous asset to downtown, Springfield’s tourism infrastructure and our local museum community, as well as for children and families. In just a few short months, over 18,000 visitors have been served!
I know how valuable museums are to communities – as economic engines and trusted educational resources. The most successful museums have strong support within their communities. The ultimate success and sustainability of the Kidzeum depends in large part on how deeply our local community values and invests in the Kidzeum. The leaders of the Kidzeum have done what they could – raised funds to make this happen, created engaging exhibits with an emphasis on health and science and hired an outstanding executive director with significant museum experience. Now they need the community to invest in the Kidzeum’s future. Will you join me now in making a year-end contribution to the Kidzeum?
As a long-time resident of Springfield, I am thrilled to see the positive changes in downtown and the role the Kidzeum is already having and will continue to contribute in the future. On a personal note—my first grandchild is four months old, and I look forward to bringing her to the Kidzeum for many years to come. To help ensure Kidzeum’s success, I’m joining the board with the goal of helping to make the Kidzeum a sustainable museum that will be serving families far into the future.
Kidzeum needs you! I hope that you will make a year-end contribution to invest in the Kidzeum and demonstrate your commitment to this exciting new place in Springfield that is serving our kids who will become our future leaders.
Karen A. Witter
P.S. It’SNOT just fun...it’s educational!