Neenah, Wis. (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum is delighted to announce the generous donation of $150,000 from Gary and Marge McClanahan in honor of Gary’s mother, Mabel McClanahan, who passed away in July. The gift will be used to create a library in memory of Mabel.
“There are a lot of collectors out there, it would be great for them to know about Bergstrom-Mahler Museum,” Gary McClanahan said. “We hope this memorial will make the art of the paperweight more accessible to everyone.”
The library is scheduled to open for use in spring of 2013; it will be used to help museum guests explore the art of glass and paperweights. The library will house research materials and display cases with paperweights and glass objects for visitors to study.
“On behalf of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Board of Directors and Staff, I would like to express how humbled we are by the McClanahan’s generosity,” Jan Smith, museum executive director, said. “We are excited to work with the Gary and Marge to expand our abilities to inspire a broad audience. We hope this will act as a catalyst for our future plans to enhance the museum experience.”
The McClanahan family invites others in the community to follow their lead and make a contribution toward a matching gift of $150,000 to Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. Money received will go toward museum renovations, which may include a glass education area, LED case lighting and enhancements to collections storage and care. If you are interested in making a contribution to compliment the McClanahan’s gift, please contact Executive Director Jan Smith, at 920-751-4658 x 301.
About Bergstrom-Mahler Museum
Founded in 1959 Bergstrom-Mahler Museum annually attracts over 29,000 visitors. The art museum houses the most representative collection of glass paperweights in the world and holds three additional glass collections including, antique Germanic drinking vessels, Victorian decorative glass and contemporary glass sculpture. The museum also offers world-class, temporary exhibitions in glass and classes in glass for children and adults throughout the year. Bergstrom-Mahler Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization operated by a private foundation and independent of the City of Neenah