That’s what Tom Tolman, who chairs the fund-raising drive for a hoped for new $2 million facility, is hoping.
He said that after noting that two separate donations for $5,000 have been received within the last week.
“People are still interesting in helping make this thing work,” Tolman said. “That (donation) was a real merry Christmas to the Foundation, museum efforts last week.
“A few others that we have been talking with are going to come forward. We are going to encourage them to mail their checks,” he said.
The 14,000 square-foot museum is supposed to be built next to the Bountiful/Davis Arts Center, here. Plans are to include a main level and basement, including exhibit space as well as climate-controlled storage areas for valuable documents and books.
Originally, the hope was to have construction started on the museum by late last spring. However, the recession and continued troubles facing the economy have delayed the turning of any dirt.
However, $750,000 has been committed by the City of Bountiful, with the stipulation sufficient funds must be raised before any construction starts.
The Utah State Legislature has also given $145,000 to the project.
Dean Collinwood has been chairing fund-raising efforts, with the museum board emphasizing the facility is not only for Bountiful, but residents of all of South Davis.
“We can encourage people to mail checks this year, so they can use it for a tax write-off,” Tolman said. The museum is a 501-3C nonprofit, tax exempt entity.
“After the first of the year we have some things in mind to continue solicitations. It’s a great thing to be doing,” he said of the museum effort.
Currently, the museum is housed in tiny basement quarters in the professional building adjacent to the proposed site.
Donations may be sent to: BPHE, 845 S. Main, Bountiful, Utah 84010.