Ephraim Historical Foundation Enters Public Phase of Campaign

The Ephraim Historical Foundation has entered the public phase of a campaign to raise $1 million for its endowment. Income from the endowment, managed by the Foundation’s Heritage Fund, provides one-third of the Foundation’s annual budget, including the maintenance needs of Ephraim’s historic museums: Anderson Store, Anderson Barn, Pioneer Schoolhouse, Goodletson Cabin and Iverson House.

Launched on Oct. 1, 2012, the campaign has raised $780,000 in its quiet phase with the additional $220,000 needed by Dec. 31 to reach its goal. “Things are moving in the right direction,” said Jim Reeve, campaign co-chair with Tony Beadell. “With a successful campaign we’ll have more dollars available to keep this operation going for many, many years.”

The public phase of the campaign kicked off on June 18, with a reception for foundation members to view a new exhibit at the Anderson Barn museum. The exhibit celebrates architect William Bernhard, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago in the early 1900s. Bernhard designed some of Ephraim’s iconic buildings, including the village hall and the fire station. Curated by development officer Dale Eskra, the exhibit features Bernhard’s architectural drawings, photographs and artwork. For more information, visit or call 920.854.9688.

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