After word spread like wildfire that the American Presidents Museum would be closing its doors, it seems that the despair and plans to start packing were premature. Recent negotiations with the owners of the building where the museum has been operating for the past 18 months has produced a new lease and museum staff were given the go-ahead to begin promotions for the 2008 exhibits and events.
“The American Presidents Museum, a part of the National Center for Presidential Studies educational center will open on Thursday, February 14th as we prepare to host the C-SPAN American Presidents traveling exhibit that will be on display in March and April,” announced the CEO and Founder of the nonprofit educational organization, Stormy Lynn Snow.
“We are very excited about the turn of events that will allow us to open as previously scheduled. We still have to be very aggressive about fundraising to keep the educational center and museum moving forward, and we still have to find a permanent location.” stated Snow.
“Grand Crowne Resorts, the owner’s of the Majestic Building are quite generous in allowing us to remain, as they determine the future plans for the building.” Snow continued. “However it is crucial that we raise funds in support of our educational efforts and to meet our financial obligations – it will be the only way to keep the doors open. We want the community to know, we do not use any of the funds raised for salaries, all monies go to maintaining the museum, and creating the educational programming.” Snow concluded.
The American Presidents Museum and National Center of Presidential Studies opened their doors in August of 2006, with a mission to preserve and disseminate American History and the history of the American Presidency through museum exhibits and educational programs. Operating under the Internal Revenue Service designated 501c3 nonprofit; the museum works to raise community and corporate donations to maintain their program. Donations are tax deductible under Internal Revenue regulations.
The museum is located in the old Majestic Steakhouse building at the corner of Gretna and Roark Valley roads, and occupies approximately 10,000 square feet on the third floor. Currently the building is also home to the Justin Flom Imaginary Theatre and Magic Parlor. The theater offers a variety of performances daily.
Anyone wishing more information on the museum and educational center’s exhibits, activities or becoming a patron of the museum can call 417-334-8683 or visit the website at www.americanpresidentialmuseum.com