Museum officials discussed the progress of various museum renovation projects. According to RMA officials, the vertical blinds on the front windows have been installed and the film applied to the glass front door. Also, three large security mirrors have been purchased and installed. These projects have been paid in full through funds collected by individual donations and various fund-raisers for the museum.
The next major project that the RMA will be focusing on is the installation of a new electrical box and replacement of electrical wiring in the building.
“The wiring that is there is just really old and is not reliable,” said RMA Vice-President Mary Beth Morgan. “They’re going to have to redo all the wiring systems for all the plug-ins and everything for the lights, the computers, for the coffee machine, and the air conditioning and heating systems.”
Local Runge electrician Ted Demming has agreed to contract with the museum to do the electrical work soon, with hopes to have the electrical wiring project completed in two to three months.
RMA Treasurer Thom Reynolds is checking into the purchase of a new lateral locking filing cabinet for the museum office that would replace the older ones. RMA officials state that the new filing cabinet is necessary for the proper storing and security of museum records, by-laws, official documents, legal papers, and historical family records and genealogies.
Further plans include the air conditioning and heating system, as well as flooring; however, these projects will be done at a later date.
The Runge Museum was established in 1973 but a tragic fire destroyed the museum in February of 1992.
The overall improvements and renovations are going toward the ultimate goal of fully restoring the museum and reopening it again to full and regular operating hours in the near future.
The Runge Museum can be opened for tours for individuals or groups on a requested basis by calling RMA President Larry Dement at 830-239-4610 or Mary Beth Morgan at 830-239-4709 or 325-226-0195.