OTHO, Iowa (AP) — The Webster County Museum faces a bleak future after a leaky roof left its building soggy and most of its artifacts covered in plastic sheeting.
Phyllis Stewart, the museum’s volunteer curator, says the former Otho Elementary School building holds all of Webster County’s history. Stewart says the museum can’t open this spring because of the water and mold issues.
The Messenger reports that Stewart noted the choices are either finding a roofer who can repair the leaks quickly, relocate to another building or be forced to shut down the 11,000-square-foot museum entirely. Stewart says permanent closure isn’t a desired option.
Stewart says the museum is in need of public help that includes financial support, expertise in museum supervision, infrastructure care and anyone else with useful skills.
Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net