Libraries loaning museum passes

The Jasper-Dubois County Public Library, the Dubois County Museum and the Huntingburg Public Library have created, and will continue, a program in which all five libraries (Jasper, Ferdinand, Dubois, Birdseye and Huntingburg) will be circulating museum passes that allow up to four people free access into the museum with each loaned out pass from the library.

The purpose of the program is to increase museum awareness and attendance, and to continue a partnership between the museum and the library. The passes are available at each of the libraries in the county and can be checked out for seven days only. The pass allows up to four people free entry into the museum. If there are more than four in the party, the visiting party will pay the appropriate museum fees. There is a $5 per day overdue charge. There is a $50 replacement fee if the card is lost.

The Dubois County Museum staff will collect the pass from the Jasper-Dubois county libraries and return them to the Jasper Library the same day the pass is used and the Jasper Library will send the pass by carrier to the Dubois, Ferdinand and Birdseye libraries. The Huntingburg pass will stay with the party and they will return it to the Huntingburg Library.

The Dubois County Museum is located at 2704 N. Newton St. (U.S. 231 N.) in Jasper. Call 812-634-7733. It is celebrating its 20th year in 2019.

The Dubois County Museum calls itself one of the largest county museums in the state of Indiana with over 50,000 square feet of display space and over 41,000 pieces in its collection (with over 9,000 pieces on display). People are invited to take a step back in time by viewing the exhibits on archaeology, German heritage, schools, religion, Memorial Hospital, wood manufacturing, military, sports, antique agricultural machinery and model trains.

Step into a complete German log house. View the Wildlife Adventure Exhibit Room that displays local animals, pictures of area wildlife enthusiasts, and many of the animals taken from North America and Africa from the collection of Frank Fromme. Stroll Main Street Dubois County and view the 17 rooms portraying life at the turn of the 20th century. Children can visit the hands-on Little Pioneers area that allows them to play in the one-room schoolhouse, the Lewis and Clark expedition boat, the dress-up area and the log reading nook. Take in the hand-painted murals of towns and cities in Dubois County. Learn about the business pioneers of the county with the Business Hall of Fame.

Memberships to the museum are available. Admission is charged, but free to all members with a paid yearly membership.

Questions about the museum pass program can be directed to the Jasper Public Library Experience Manager Jordan Schuetter at jschuetter@jdcpl.us, Huntingburg Library Director Angie Haake at ahaake@huntingburg.lib.in.us, or Dubois County Museum Marketing Volunteer Kathy Bachman at kabachman@twc.com.




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