New museum open at last

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 12/08/2014
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WORK IN PROGRESS: Part of the extension not quite completed at the Geraldine Museum.

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The red ribbon was officially cut to open the Geraldine Museum's new extension on Friday night - and the fundraisers were back at work on Saturday.

Geraldine Historical Society president Alison Hurley explained the project, with the help of a slide show, to a crowd of more than 100 people.

She mentioned people who had helped along the way, including those who had passed away.

"It was a neat night. We first had a meeting in 2007, so it's been a long time coming," she said.

"It got to the point where everyone [on the committee] dreaded hearing the question, ‘When is it going be finished?'."

She said it was a testament to the committee members, who had raised $41,000 on their own, with the biggest fundraising drive at any one time raising $3000.

"So it was a lot of work and a long time. I think we did very very well."

Fundraising word continues as the museum still needs $6000 for insurance but is funded only $2000 for running costs.

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- The Timaru Herald

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