Should the levy pass, the funds would be used to hire a full-time curator for the museum, he said, which displays artifacts of Champaign County history. It would also keep the museum’s doors open at least five days a week.
The museum is only open two days a week now, he said.
The society will also consider expanding with the added funds, Walter said.
“We can then improve and expand our facilities in a measured way in order to properly display our existing collections and accept new ones that many are standing by to donate,” Walter said.
Leaders of the historical society also plan to create new youth-based programs, Treasurer Larry Headlee said, to teach young people about local history.
The museum has struggled with perception in Champaign County, Walter said.
“Many people still think we are a private museum accessible by appointment only, if at all,” he said.
The passage of the levy would help to change that perception, he said.
“We would like the museum to be open to the public more often … in order to tell the Champaign County story,” he said.
The museum recently updated displays and launched a new website at www.champaigncountyhistoricalmuseum.org.