“The crown jewel of Lorain County” is how Spirit of 76’ Museum board president Tim Rolfe describes the South Main Street building dedicated to the history of Wellington and southern Lorain County.
Rolfe and museum board vice president Scott Markel are passionate their work and are asking voters to approve a 0.3-mill levy renewal as Issue 14 on the Nov. 3 ballot.
According to Lorain County auditor records, the levy is projected to generate $33,336 a year. That means it would cost someone who owns a $100,000 home about $8.37 a year.
Money generated by the levy would go toward museum operation and maintenance.
“We now rent some much-needed storage space we’ve needed for years and it helps us to preserve the artifacts in proper archival fashion,” Markel told a crowd Oct. 8 at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates Night.
He said the goal is to work toward becoming a more modern museum.
Recent updates to the facility include renovating the Archibald Willard art gallery on the first floor, installing energy-efficient archival lighting, painting the exterior of the building, and remodeling the second floor, which features new displays.
The group also finished negotiations with the Lorain County Visitor’s Bureau and numerous tour buses are scheduled to travel though the village. “We are hoping to promote tourism and to bring business into the downtown area,” Markel said.
Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171.
Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Tim Rolfe and Scott Markel outline their case for passage of Issue 14, a levy renewal to support the Spirit of ‘76 Museum in Wellington.