The Sun Cities Area Historical Society has announced plans to expand the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum
in early 2019 to provide additional space for exhibits and enlarged meeting facilities.
In conjunction with the expansion project, which is expected to cost $115,000, the society will launch its first capital improvement campaign to raise additional funds to pay for facility improvements, exhibit upgrades and other enhancements to the original building. The museum’s Board of Trustees is hoping to generate $100,000 during the 2019 fund campaign. “The museum plays an important role in promoting the history of the Sun Cities, and we’re confident our community will step up to generously support our efforts,” said Gail Warmath, past president of the SCAHS Board of Trustees.
The expansion, which involves construction of an entirely new building behind the current museum, is made possible in part by an $80,000 grant generously donated by the Del E. Webb Foundation. The current museum consists of 1,675 square feet, not counting a carport and back porch. The approximately 700-square-foot new building will replace the back porch and encompass much of the current back yard. A walkway will connect the new building to the existing facility. Construction will begin in March, 2019 with occupancy expected in August.
The Del E. Webb Foundation grant has gotten the project off the ground, but now we need help from Sun City, Sun City West, and other area residents and businesses to complete the vision. A three prong approach is being used.
1. Membership is vital to our ongoing operation. We are looking to gain 1,000 new memberships during 2019. With approximately 44,000 homes in our two communities and basic membership being only $25 per year, we feel this is a very realistic goal. Members receive invitations to various special events at the museum throughout the year. Join our increasing numbers now at MEMBERSHIP NOW!
2.Engraved Paver Brick Walkway. Design you own 4″x 8″ or 8″x 8″ concrete brick to commemorate a loved one, a club, a pet, your business, or whatever. 4″x 8″ brick cost $80 and 8″x 8″ cost $120. There will be an additional $6 charge if you’d like to have a clip art image (dog, cat, business logo, military emblem, etc.) added. ORDER YOUR PERSONALIZED PAVER TODAY!
3.Major Campaign Donors. Available to our business community and individual supporters of our museum we have the $10,000 Legacy Circle, $5,000 Founders Circle, $2,500 Historic Circle and $1,000 Heritage Circle contribution levels. Donors in these categories will receive special recognition within the museum to recognize their generosity. If this level of involvement interests you please complete this MAJOR DONOR Form and you will be contacted by one of our Museum Trustees.