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Renton History Museum calls for community support after pandemic

The Renton History Museum is asking for financial support from the community after being challenged by the pandemic in recent years.

At the start of the pandemic, the Renton History Museum closed for nearly a year, resulting in a loss of revenue of about $ 48,000, according to a letter from the museum.

Additionally, the museum’s annual auction has had to be canceled over the past two years due to pandemic security considerations. The museum says this is their only major fundraising event and that they raised nearly $ 12,000 overnight during the last event in 2019.

Even in the face of these losses, the Renton History Museum continued to offer unique exhibits, programs and services to the community, including:

– Their first online exhibition to accompany What Difference Are Renton Women Making ?, featuring Renton’s many accomplished women

– Facing the Inferno, a photo exhibition featuring photos taken of forest fires and the efforts to put them out

– When You Can’t Go Home, a timely art exhibit featuring portraits and stories of refugees in South King County.

– Online study guides and resources like videos for Renton history teachers, students and parents

In a letter sent to the community, the mayor of Renton, Armondo Pavone, called on the community to come together in support of the museum.

“By donating $ 25 or more, together we can help make up for the shortfall the museum has faced due to the pandemic,” Pavone wrote. “To make sure the museum is there for generations to come, we need it in these difficult times. For my children and yours.

Those who wish to make a donation can do so online at rentonhistoricalsociety.salsalabs.org/donate.