The new Cedarburg History Museum is slated to open on Saturday, Feb. 18, during the 43rd annual Cedarburg Winter Festival
The Cedarburg Cultural Center was approached by the Landmarks Preservation Society with the concept of an all-encompassing museum for the city. The location on Columbia Road was purchased by the Preservation Society as a new location for the museum, a new Chamber of Commerce office, and a new visitor center that will benefit the city's tourism trade.
The new location will house the General Store Museum previously located on Washington Avenue, as well as a center gallery which will feature rotating exhibits throughout the year.
Curating the museum will be Sarah Titus, a professor of archaeology and classical art at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University. Titus is especially excited about the access to various historical collections owned by either the city or other local collectors.
"We don't have a huge permanent collection, so to have the support of the city and the citizens who donate their collections is great for us," said Titus.
Titus is especially excited about the collections that are being provided by private collections from around the city. Highlights include a gallery of more than 6,000 historical photos and Judy Jepson's vast collection of Cedarburg artifacts
"Judy has been saving just about every single collectible item related to Cedarburg for decades," said Titus. "We are so thrilled that we will be able to share her collection with visitors."
According to Stephanie Hayes, Executive Director for the Cultural Center, the museum will be funded by the endowment from the Preservation Society and rolling donations (although visitors will also be able to make purchases at the fully functioning ice cream parlor and vintage candy shop within the museum). Admission will be free.
"Preservation is a huge part of our history here in Cedarburg, and we expect the people in this city to be supportive of this museum and what we are doing to present that history," said Hayes.