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Roof leak trouble for Brown County Museum, community support needed

Published On: Mar 21 2013 08:13:51 PM CDT

Rain is normally a good thing, except when there are leaks in your roof.

That's the case for the Brown County Museum of History's Annex building.

Museum volunteers worry some of the artifacts could be destroyed is the roof isn't replaced.

The museum is a non-profit agency; no federal or state funding is received. That's why the museum is reaching out to the community for help.

The Brown County Museum of History is filled with unique treasures from the past, but unfortunately the annex building is collecting roof leaks.

"If you can imagine someone coming in, and breaking into your home and stealing all your stuff, imagine if they broke in and stole all your memories. This isn't my museum, this isn't the board's museum, this is the county museum. This is our memories, our history, our heritage, and it's up to all of us to try to pitch in to protect it," said Nick Seybert, museum manager.

Leaks have already damaged some of the museum's most cherished World War I memorabilia.

Rain seeping through a major hole above the Kids Zone area is soaking much of the floor.

"I have to pick it up, I have to sweep, I have to mop and I have to bleach the underside so mold doesn't grow," said Seybert.

$46,000 is needed to replace the roof, and to offset some of the expense local businesses are encouraged to help.

"The VFW just did a fundraiser on March 15. They raised some money and brought it over today."

"We have a lot of history here and we need the roof repaired, and we need to be able to protect it," said Seybert.

The museum board will be asking for funds in Brown County Commissioners Court on April 1.

Currently, admissions fees, donations, and the City of Brownwood funds the museum.

To make a donation or start a fundraiser to help replace the roof, contact museum manager Nick Seybert at the museum, 325-641-1926, or Beverly Norris on her cell phone, 325-647-7879.