Society Looking for a Home… in Mountain Home, Arkansas

The following is from an article by Frank Wallis in the March 3, 2011 edition of the Baxter Bulletin.

Jennifer Baker, president of the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society, looks over items at the Baxter County Heritage Museum in Gassville. The museum as been closed since a tornado damaged the building in 2008. The historical society is looking for a new home. Bulletin Photo by Kevin Pieper

An effort to find a permanent location in Mountain Home for the Baxter County Heritage Museum has begun in earnest. The museum’s present location at 107 E. Main St. in Gassville has been sold, and the new owners want access to the property by the end of May, according to Jennifer Baker, president of the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society.

The museum has been closed since a Feb. 5, 2008, tornado damaged the building that houses it.

Baker said funding from an insurance claim went far enough to replace the building’s roof. That protected artifacts inside. Then an offer came to buy the property. Society members decided to sell and look and for a location in Mountain Home, she said.

“Our fantasy is to find a property owner in the downtown area with about 8,000 square feet who would work with the society to bring this important project to the public,” Baker said. She said society members are not locked into a downtown location idea, but having a museum downtown seemed in step with the area’s recent addition to the National Historic Commercial District Register.

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