Monday, October 26, 2020


The hymn “The Previous Rugged Cross” has stood the take a look at of time, being carried out and recorded by quite a few gospel and county music artists through the years because it was composed in 1913.

However a museum devoted to the composer of the hymn, the Rev. George Bennard, in Reed Metropolis might solely have a number of extra months left.

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Reed Metropolis Councilmember Nate Bailey stated the Previous Rugged Cross Museum is dealing with closure after practically 70 years if income would not improve,

The museum is an outgrowth of a memorial cross that was erected in September 1954 close to Bennard’s dwelling.

The three-room constructing incorporates mementos and relics from the dwelling and serves as the unique Osceola County Historic Museum, which opened in downtown Reed Metropolis in 1968.

“It’s not only for Reed Metropolis, however for the encircling communities,” Bailey stated. “They want extra members and desperately want extra volunteers.”

The museum stays a nonprofit that is run solely by elder volunteers; nevertheless, the constructing is rented from town for $200 a month, Bailey stated.

The operators approached Metropolis Council in the beginning of the yr requesting the lease be waived to stop having to shut it attributable to lack of funding.

“Town is dropping cash, even on the present lease charge, with upkeep and issues we do,” Bailey stated. “Different members of the council weren’t bought on eliminating lease and since the museum is a crucial group location I took it upon myself, to attempt to improve their income.”

The museum was being run on not more than $four,000 in donations annually, Bailey stated.

Bailey stated the common age of volunteers is almost 70 and he wished extra younger individuals would become involved with an essential piece of historical past.

The museum at the moment has below 20 members and memberships are $10 a month, he stated.

New members “might need completely different concepts or approaches, possibly some experience in social media to get the phrase out or for extra public engagement would make an enormous distinction,” he stated. 

The primary room is split into six areas, depicting life within the Reed Metropolis Space earlier than 1900: a eating room, kitchen, parlor, bed room, workplace with gadgets from historic companies, and a clothes room.

The second room incorporates shows of early farm gear, store instruments, fashions of early logging operations, artifacts, and gear from the manufacturing facility of Michigan Cottage Cheese, and an vintage 1930s period hearth truck and gear.

The third room is dedicated to the life, possessions and music of Bennard. It incorporates furnishings, private gadgets and music from the Bennard dwelling, which was positioned on Mackinaw Path.

The museum additionally homes the archives of the Reed Metropolis Space Genealogical Society.

The gathering consists of microfilms of the outdated Reed Metropolis space newspapers and Osceola County census information, obituaries, plat books, household recordsdata and outdated images.

Museum officers weren’t instantly accessible for remark Saturday.

srahal@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @SarahRahal_

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