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Construction completed on Breaking the Prairie Museum addition

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2013

Attending the Oct. 8 Breaking the Prairie Museum ribbon cutting ceremony, front row, left to right, are BPM board members, John Pierson, Mark Heiman, Richard Zimmerman, Jim Mathesius (donor), Rick Wujek, Dwight Frick, and Len Schaller. Back row, Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Alison Wasmer; and Mendota Museum and Historical Society board members, Del Knowlton, Steve Dancey and Verona Whitmore. (Reporter photo by Bonnie Morris)

MENDOTA – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this week for a 1,200 square foot addition to the Breaking the Prairie Museum in Mendota. The 30 by 40-foot expansion was added to the north side of the building almost doubling the floor space and adding some much needed wall space for displays. The project also included re-shingling the entire roof of the building, adding a simulated barn door to the west exterior wall and two new windows on the east side of the building.

Breaking the Prairie Museum board member Dwight Frick, who oversaw the project, said everything went very smoothly. “We credit that to our contractors,” Frick noted. “They were very good. We virtually had no issues with the project.”

Opened in 2001, Breaking the Prairie Museum “Mathesius Brothers Barn” was conceived as a display for early tractors and cultivating equipment. Over the years, the collection outgrew the building’s available space, so planning began for the addition. After raising about two-thirds of the project’s $37,000 cost, groundbreaking and prep work began in July.

For the complete article see the 10-09-2013 issue.

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