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Edgewood community raises thousands for historical museum

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EDGEWOOD (KWWL) -

Small town Edgewood raised an impressive amount of money to finally have a museum dedicated to its history -- nearly $100,000.

The Edgewood Museum recently opened at the historic Edgewood Feed Mill building.

The fundraising started about two years ago. 

Art Johnson led the way on the project. "The community has been very, very supportive as I mentioned with the fundraising, But also the well wishes, the interest that's been shown in the museum."

There has been lots of community involvement, the museum surpassing its goal of $80,000.

Many people also donated the artifacts. "This is our gallery honoring veterans, honoring the military. We have uniforms that have been donated from WWI, WWII," Johnson said.

There is also the Navy uniform of Maurice Hamlett, who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Edgewood  Museum features four more galleries, one honoring the Bixby's, one of the towns founding families, another on Edgewood commerce, and a community room. There is also a traveling exhibit.

The volunteer staff is still accepting Edgewood related artifacts or donations. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/edgewoodmuseum/

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