RECTOR, AR (KAIT) - After being denied three grants, the Rector Museum is now turning to the citizens for help.
The museum is currently in a small room behind the library, but the director Johnny Williams is trying to move it to a larger space.
"We needed something to expand in. We have a 35 by 35 room right now behind the library and we just don't have enough room," Williams said.
The museum recently acquired a space on Main Street, but Williams said it needs a lot of work.
"We just need money, lots of it. It is going to take about $57,000 to fix the ceiling and then the wiring on top of that, we are looking at about $125,000 for the whole thing," Williams said.
In addition to the leaking roof and new electrical work, the museum will also need a new bathroom that is wheelchair accessible.
Williams has applied for three separate grants to get the money for the museum renovations and Rector has not received any.
Williams is now asking people in Rector or outside to help the museum get these renovations done so the new one can open.
"If everybody who lives in Rector or ever lived in Rector would donate $20 we could get the money. I have already had money come in for this but I need more," Williams said.
Anyone who would like to donate to the museum can do so on their website
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