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Historic area museum at risk of being sold

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Walking through the Young Historical Museum in Bellevue, it's like time is standing still.

Many precious items at risk of being auctioned off, including the house itself. "It would be a tremendous loss of history, of beauty, of the character of the town," said Susan Lucke of Bellevue.

The old limestone home built in the mid-1800s once owned by Grace and Joe young, decorated with their belongings. They passed away decades ago leaving their home to the city of Bellevue. "They specified in their will, how we should appoint the board, it should be a free museum and our museum board was able to run the property for almost 50 years," said Loras Herrig, city administrator.

But then two years ago, the funds to maintain the museum ran out and it's been closed ever since. When it was open, it had low attendance. "It was not visited very well, maybe we didn't market it very well, I guess it can be said it wasn't promoted or marketed," added Herrig.

And now people who live in the community, trying to find a way to preserve all this history. "There's all these stories to tell, people can come here and in a nutshell see what the ark of history from after the civil war,  through the civil war until the mid 1900s," said Lucke.

The cost to maintain the museum is about six thousand dollars a year, that's just for basic upkeep.

Right now, no decision has been made about the future of the home.

The city along with people concerned, discussing several options in hopes of saving the Young Museum by making it self-sustaining.

There are also talks of adding the home to historical preservation lists.

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