The North Texas History Center issued a press release today to announce that it has received a much needed shot in the arm in the form of a $20,000 donation. While this does not solve all of the museum’s financial needs while it is implementing its plan towards self-sufficiency, a major cut-back in County funding this past autumn had brought on the distinct possibility of the museum having to close its door within as little as a few months.
It is especially fitting that this donation was made by Ruth LeVan Fund through the Renaissance Charitable Foundation in memory of Helen Hall. Among local historians, Mrs. Hall has a celebrity status verging on sainthood. The public library a few blocks away from the museum is dedicated to her and her husband, Roy Hall, who was mayor of McKinney. Having become enamored by McKinney, Mrs. Hall worked tirelessly to research and preserve Collin County history, helping to found the Collin County Historical Society, authoring two books on the subject and was personally involved in operating the current museum back when it was known as “The Old Post Office Museum“. (The museum is housed in the historically and architecturally significant post office building built in 1911).
The McKinneyNews.net ran a splendid obituary on Mrs. Hall when she passed away in 2008. To read the obituary, click here.
The press release issued by NTHC today reads as follows:
North Texas History Center given its largest donation
McKINNEY, Texas (March 18, 2010) – Plagued by financial troubles, the North Texas History Center was recently given a glimmer of hope.
This week, the NTHC received a special gift from a generous donor. This $20,000 contribution is the single largest unsolicited donation in the organization’s history.
“This contribution makes a huge difference to our ability to survive,” said Vicki Day, executive director at the NTHC. “Our funding problems aren’t solved, but this gives us hope to keep fighting every day.”
The donation was made by the Ruth LeVan Fund through the Renaissance Charitable Foundation in memory of Helen Gibbard Hall..
“We are so grateful for the support shown from those who care about preserving our history.” said Day