History 2015 - July

Museum Building Erected...

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The building was erected quickly. It took only a couple of days to complete the outer walls and roof of the new building. Plans for the design of the interior walls and front of the museum were discussed and revised. The top for the vault was installed. Discussions continued on museum security, and materials for the interior electrical connections were ordered. Below are photos taken on July 1 when the framework was completed. Click on the photos below to view a larger images.

By July 3, the exterior walls were installed. Click on the photos below to see larger images.

The museum funds stored in the St. Francis Community Foundation Fund were transferred to a local bank. Designs for museum T-shirts were decided upon and and initial order for T-shirts was placed.

The front wall was framed in near the middle of the month, and the ceiling and insulation was installed. Click on photos below for an enlarged view.

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Brick laying begins...

The brick laying on the front exterior wall began during the last few days of July. Framing for the restrooms, office and storage areas were also well underway. (Click on photos to see enlarged images.) Thanks to Bob Hawkins Trucking for transporting the bricks.

History 2015 - August

Brickwork Continues...

Brickwork on the front of the museum continued throughout the month, and by the third week of August, the front facia brickwork was completed. The brickwork was done by Brad Timm (and others), and most of the bill for the work was paid for by Duane Timm and First National Bank. The awning on the front of the museum was completed on August 27th.


The first run of museum T-shirts was designed and ordered. The shirts were sold within a few days.  More were ordered for future sales.


Click on the images below to see larger views.

Discussions continued on museum security. Bids for security equipment were received and additional bids were requested. Requests for electrical supplies were submitted. Final plans for wall decor on the inside walls were decided upon at the late August board meeting. Plans for the internal walls include corrugated steel, old barn wood, and brick. Additional memorabilia contributors for the museum were contacted.

History 2015 - September

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The museum construction continued in September with the addition of the awning on the front of the building. Interior brickwork on the south wall was completed by Jack McGinnis and crew.


Tanya Gill was added to the Board of Directors replacing J.R. Landenberger who served on the initial board. Several more vintage motorcycles, now totaling twenty, were moved to St. Francis for future display.

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Several meetings were held to discuss interior design and materials as well where the desired material could be located. The board considered several buildings for possible demolition for "old barn wood" and "old tin" for construction materials.

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Discussion on the "give-away" bike continued. At the September 20th meeting, it was decided to postpone the "give-away" bike planning until a later date while continuing to gather more information on the project.

The front door and windows were installed. Photos of the interior brickwork and front door are below. 

Progress continued on the museum in October. Much of the electrical wiring and plumbing for the bathrooms and water fountain was installed. Progress slowed as final plans for the interior design were discussed and electrical components were ordered. LED lighting will be installed in the museum and ceiling fans will be added to make heating and cooling more efficient. The door for the vault was installed.

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A fundraising project was developed so the supporters of the museum could purchase engraved bricks to be placed at the museum entrance. 

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Bricks were sold for $100 each. 

October 2015

Wiring and plumbing...

Progress continued on the museum in October. Much of the electrical wiring and plumbing for the bathrooms and water fountain was installed. Progress slowed as final plans for the interior design were discussed and electrical components were ordered. LED lighting will be installed in the museum and ceiling fans will be added to make heating and cooling more efficient. The door for the vault was installed.


A fundraising project was developed so the supporters of the museum could purchase engraved bricks to be placed at the museum entrance. Bricks were sold for $100 each.

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