Dunn County Historical Society Receives 2021 Nonprofit of the Year Award | Dunn County News

MENOMONIE — The Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the Dunn County Historical Society as the 2021 Nonprofit of the Year at its 83rd annual banquet.

DCHS shared the nomination with notable local organizations Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.

“There are so many nonprofit organizations in the Menomonie area that are doing great things. I am proud to be the President of DCHS and to play a small part in all of the great accomplishments of this organization,” said said Dustyn Dubuque. “The Solar Victory Garden project is the organization’s largest endeavor in 15 years. We would be unable to do such great things without our incredible staff, volunteers and Board of Directors. I am honored to accomplish such goals with such great people who care about preserving the history of our community.

DCHS’ Rassbach Museum has a new vision for how the organization can inspire and support its community. Events like Wakanda Wonderland and exhibits like Storylords have connected people with the growing museum and maker space. “(It’s) definitely worth a visit — very informative,” wrote recent visitors to Milwaukee.

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The Solar Victory Garden is an exciting new DCHS project: a dynamic, forward-thinking initiative to install ground-mounted solar panels at the museum site in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park. They will generate enough electricity to power the museum’s facilities for most of the year. Significant financial savings will be reinvested to expand DCHS programs and services.

Culver’s (2021 Company of the Year award winner) and the Chamber donated raffle proceeds from the banquet to the Solar Victory Garden. These generous donations leave only $40,000 more to raise for the solar installation. An ambitious goal of $10,000 for fencing and security cameras must also be met.

“The outpouring of support for the Solar Victory Garden, both vocally and financially, has been nothing short of wonderful.” said Melissa Kneeland, executive director of DCHS. “The project allows us to energize our county with a forward-looking and sophisticated plan to invest in the museum’s future and be a point of community pride. We’re amazed that we’ve come so far in such a short time, and we’re so close to our fundraising goal — we need the community’s help to get there!

Information about visiting the Rassbach Museum and the Fultons Workshop maker space, as well as membership, donation and volunteer opportunities can be found at https://www.dunnhistory.org.

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