WHY ARE WE MOVING?
As THM was looking for potential new sites, our primary objectives were: a) greater visibility and accessibility, and b) museum-quality, climate-controlled exhibition and storage space for our growing collections. Both of these elements are lacking at our current space. Another goal was to enhance the visitor experience both in the museum and the surrounding envirionment. The former Woolworth building located at Adams and Superior in downtown Toledo meets all of these criteria and then some.
The new location is far more central, more visible, and more accessible than the current space in the Milmine-Steward House in Toledo's Old West End. The new site is situated in the downtown core within easy walking distance to the Valentine Theatre, Imagination Station, Promenade Park, Fifth-Third Field and the Huntington Center. It will provide ample parking for cars and buses. We hope these qualities will help to position THM prominently as a Toledo cultural amenity.
The historic 1923 former Woolworth building will accommodate functions that do not require stringent control of light and climate and will meet modern museum standards for exhibition and collection storage, allowing THM to lend and borrow artifacts from other institutions.
Finally, while meeting all of our objectives, the new site makes THM the proud steward of a historically significant local landmark in a vibrant downtown setting.
WHEN ARE WE MOVING?
Construction will begin in Spring 2018, and Phase 1 will take 2-3 months. When Phase 1 of the project is finished, THM will have a soft opening in 2018, having moved many activities and parts of the collection to the site. A larger, grand opening will occur in early spring 2019. Phase 1 includes the renovation of the former Woolworth building space, creation of a temporary gallery to showcase our exhibits, construction of a vehicles gallery for large objects, and the development of storage space. Our archives, education programs, some exhibits, and some collection storage can then be moved to the site.
WHAT ABOUT PHASE 2?
HOW MUCH WILL THE PROJECT COST?
The total amount we're targeting to raise is $1,135,000. Phase 1 is estimated to cost around $75,000. This includes initial improvements and renovation and construction. The remainder is for operations support and moving costs.
Total project needs for Phase 2 will range between $60,000 to $70,000, depending upon the final scope and timing of the project. The rest is for the development of our endowment.
WHY DO YOU NEED AN ENDOWMENT?
Most private institutions of learning have an endowment whose principal remains untouched, and whose investment income helps to stabilize and fund operations. THM is no different. Tour fees, memberships and donations are important sources of revenue, but an endowment is the best solution to long-term sustainability.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE Milmine-stewart HOUSE?
The owner of the Mimine-Steward House will continue to operate the building as a stand-alone antiques market.
WILL THM OWN THE new space FREE AND CLEAR?
No. We were able to negotiate a very favorable long-term lease arrangement with STS Management, owners of the building and long-time supporters of THM and its mission.
CAN I PUT MY NAME ON SOMETHING?
Absolutely! To learn about Named Giving Opportunities, please contact Tedd Long at 419-708-3925.
I WANT TO HELP. WHAT CAN I DO?
The public phase of the capital campaign was launched in March of 2018, and donations from the general community are vital to the success of the project. Becoming a member is also a great way to contribute and participate in the vibrant schedule of active programs happening every day at THM. To become a THM member, please CLICK HERE.
The Museum also welcomes volunteers to help with our various programs. Some serve as docents, others help with special events, to volunteer please CLICK HERE.