Group finds a model in Fond du Lac
The spark that launched that city’s children’s museum started at a leadership academy similar to Janesville’s, said Carolyn Koch, operations director for the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac.
In 2002, a committee of volunteers formed a “museum without walls,” offering temporary children’s exhibits around the city with sponsorship from the local arts museum.
The last exhibit—in April 2006—drew 3,000 visitors, and the nonprofit museum started raising funds for a permanent home.
A capital campaign began quietly last fall and went public in June. Since then, it has raised 70 percent of the $1.45 million goal, Koch said.
The Windhover Center for the Arts has offered to house the museum. Permanent exhibits have been developed that incorporate lighthouses, boating, fishing and health care, all of which are part of Fond du Lac’s culture.
The permanent museum is set to open Dec. 19.