Commissioner Don Dixon said they will find the remainder somehow.
“We will make the commitment for the other $100,000,” Dixon said. “We have made the commitment for the other $100,000, it’s just this is how we’re going to fund it.”
Many capital projects have been on the back burner since the nation’s Great Recession. Administrator Charlie Young said they are looking for other state and federal grants to pick up the rest of the tab. But the repair bill isn’t the only area where they need help with the monument.
Don Schollenbarger has been curator at the monument for 16 years, caring for the myriad of uniforms, artifacts of wars like cannons and bayonets, documents, books and other memorabilia dating back to the Civil War.
He has such a wealth of knowledge, the county is creating a documentary featuring Schollenbarger giving a tour of the monument.
“One of the purposes for the video is so we can share Don’s knowledge and experience as the curator of this monument and we’ll have a video on display,” Quisenberry said. “It will be on a loop and when people enter they’ll be able to watch a mini documentary on the monument and will have a lot more specific information as they go through.”
Tidbits like the fact a little cannon wasn’t used as a weapon, but instead was an implement to send signals to soldiers. The video also explains the origin of the monument’s stained glass windows.
“One of the unique items is the stained glass windows upstairs, which are to honor the women that served in the Civil War,” the curator said. “It was a very unusual thing for the Civil War veterans to do.”
With Schollenbarger’s departure the county needs someone to man the museum when it is open on Friday and Saturdays. Young said they have approached the veterans board to see if they would be willing to get involved with both manning and maintaining the monument.
“I asked them if they had an interest or were able to find someone to replace Don as the curator for that facility,” Young said. “Certainly we have an interest in volunteers to help maintain the exterior of the building as well as the interior, we asked if there was a volunteer organization that would like to step up.”
Schollenbarger’s last day is June 27, when asked what his favorite part of the monument is, he simply said “the whole place.”