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Sulphur donates $50K to Brimstone Museum

Last Modified: Monday, May 20, 2013 11:04 AM

By Natalie Stewart / American Press

SULPHUR — The City Council unanimously agreed to donate $50,000 to the Brimstone Museum for its permanent exhibit, which will document the history and culture of the city.

Thom Trahan, museum director, went before the council in March soliciting donations for the project, which he said has an estimated cost of $212,000.

The exhibits, which will be developed in-house, will consist of artifacts, photos and stories that have been contributed to the museum over the past 38 years, he said.

“The city has a rich history and it’s full of great American success stories, and those stories are simply not being shared,” Trahan said.

Since March, he said, the museum has received approximately $47,000 in donations — $12,000 in personal contributions and $35,000 from the parish.

“People have opened their wallets,” Trahan said. “We haven’t had our formal push yet, those are just donations off the street.”

He said the museum’s board will start contacting local

businesses and industries soon for contributions.

Exhibit plans include modules showcasing the history of the sulfur mines, the Frasch mining process, local industries and various people in the city’s history.

“It’s our belief that if we don’t take an active role in preserving the city’s rich history, no one else will,” Trahan said when he brought the proposition before the council. “The centennial celebration provides the perfect opportunity to get our (residents) excited about our city’s history.”

The city will celebrate its centennial in March 2014, and Trahan said the museum hopes to have the exhibit complete by the celebration.

For more information or to make a donation toward the project, contact Trahan at 527-0357 or trahan@brimstonemuseum.org.

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