Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum Announces $1M Donation & New Name

 
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Sept. 25, 2021 - PRLog -- (Boca Raton, FL – September 24, 2021) The Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Historical Society today announce a generous $1 million donation from The Schmidt Family Foundation, led by Barbara and Dick Schmidt, to rename the museum the Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum (SBRHM). Funds from this donation will be used to sponsor the Museum's public display areas, new immersive exhibits, and internal gathering spaces, including the historic Council Chamber and heavily-used research library.

"The history of Boca Raton is important to our community, so it is important to me and my family, a legacy that began with my parents, Charles and Dorothy Schmidt," Dick Schmidt declared during a recent tour of the completely renovated museum that is housed in the city's historic Town Hall, located at 71 N. Federal Highway in downtown Boca Raton (33432).

"The Schmidt Family Foundation has been a longtime partner and generous supporter of this museum going all the way back to Boca Raton's original downtown redevelopment plan in the 1980s," says Mary Csar, Executive Director. "This donation—one of the largest in the Museum's nearly 50-year history—will underwrite a significant portion of our ongoing top-to-bottom reimagination, redesign and renovation, leading up to our official reopening and relaunch later this year."

"The Schmidt Family Foundation is proud to support the purpose and community outreach of this truly valuable organization," says Barbara Schmidt. "The redubbed Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum meets our mission of strengthening and enriching our community through education."

"The historic Boca Raton Town Hall has been our home since the mid-1980s," says Csar. "But, due to space limitations, our exhibitions have been temporary and largely two-dimensional. Not any longer. The dynamic redesign of the new Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum will allow for both permanent and changing exhibitions that will appeal to families, students and research buffs of all ages—a project we call History Alive!"

The new exhibits will bring to life the growth and development of Boca Raton from a small farming town to the dynamic internationally known city it is today. They incorporate artifacts and images from the museum's extensive local history collections.

Available for Interview:

Mary Csar, Executive Director

Schmidt Boca Raton Historical Museum

561.395.6766 / director@bocahistory.org

Media Contact:

Gary Schweikhart

PR-BS

561.756.4298 / gary@pr-bs.net
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