The City of Jasper is the home of the Dubois County Museum. The Dubois County Museum is the largest County Museum in the state of Indiana with more than 50,000 items and an annual visitation that exceeds 12,000 visitors per year. It holds over 50,000 square feet of exhibits, fourteen community murals providing a picture of each community’s early history, a 17-room main street reminiscent of the 1890s, a two pen log house built in 1885, a wild game safari display, a tremendous model train display, and two outstanding exhibit rooms. The Museum is a treasure to our community and we want to do more than just maintain it. The City would like to assist the museum in becoming an iconic tourism asset.
The Museum has historically been supported by traditional funding sources…grants, ticket sales, private donations, etc. Unfortunately, these funding methods do not support a full time qualified museum director who could create the programming necessary to spot light the Museum as a tourism destination. The City poses this challenge to support this historic gem in its midst in order to contribute to the vast array of tourism points of interest located in Dubois County and Jasper.
How might we develop a funding plan which would allow the Dubois County Museum to hire a full-time museum director?
Challenges by City of Jasper
Repurpose land that used to contain a 9-hole golf course for Jasper's benefit.
Create plans to maximize 3 acres of space next to a senior community.
Move pedestrians safely across the highway dividing them from riverfront cultural attractions.