Money to be used for $32,000 restoration job at Crossroads Museum
Embracing its deep community roots, Port Washington State Bank has made a $10,000 challenge grant to the Saukville Historical Society.
The money will be used to jump-start the Society’s campaign to make major improvements to the Crossroads Museum, 200 N. Mill St.
“The restoration, a $32,000 project, will restore the facade of the building to its original 1912 Chicago pink brick from the painted surface that is present today,” said James Schowalter, Port State Bank’s senior vice president and chief credit officer.
“This restoration will be complete before the village’s upcoming 100th anniversary celebration in October.”
The work will also include enhanced signage and address ongoing painting issues, Schowalter said.
“Our grant is a challenge grant where the bank will match the donations to the Society, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000,” he said.
“In essence, the bank’s contribution should result, if successful, in the Society raising $20,000 or more toward the restoration. The remainder will be funded from existing Society resources.”
Schowalter noted that the bank’s 116-year history predates the founding of the Village of Saukville.
The museum, which is located in a former fire station, was also a common gathering place that played a pivotal role in Saukville’s civic history.
“Preservation of Saukville’s unique heritage and the building that stores and protects that history and culture are important so we can continue to tell future generations about what makes our communities so very special,” Schowalter said.
“My family originated from Saukville and can trace back five generations to our family’s farm on Highway W, which is still there today. We are proud of this community and equally proud to present this grant.”
Donations can be sent to the Saukville Historical Society, 200 N. Mill St., Saukville 53080 or dropped off at any Port State Bank office.
Image information: PORT WASHINGTON STATE Bank has made a $10,000 matching grant challenge for the restoration of the Saukville Area Historical Society’s Crossroads Museum. Gathered at the Mill Street location were (from left) Chris King of Port State Bank, Donna D’Angelo and Anne Kertscher of the Historical Society, James Schowalter of the bank, and Randy Maxwell of Midwest Restoration. Photo by Sam Arendt