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Siouxland Proud: New public museum required "community" effort

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A year after its opening, the Sioux City Public Museum is already winning awards. Theresa Weaver-Bayse, Sioux City Public Museum says, "People are continually shocked by what we have here!"

From the "time machine", which can transport you back in Sioux City history with the turn of a wheel... to the futuristic "I-wall". Theresa Weaver-Bayse, Sioux City Public Museum says, "It's a great museum for any city. But, for Sioux City, it's fantastic." And, award-winning. The "I-wall" recently won an international award for innovation. Teresa Weaver-Bayse, Sioux City Public Museum says, "I think we got it because we used technology, not for technology's sake, but for a purpose."

It uses the latest in touch-screen technology to tell the story of IBP, and Gateway. Teresa Weaver-Bayse, Sioux City Public Museum says, "Two companies that essentially changed their industries."

But, curator of education Theresa Weaver-Bayse says it takes volunteers to keep the museum running. Teresa Weaver-Bayse, Sioux City Public Museum says, "We just could not survive without them." Volunteers like Anne Shaner. Ann Shaner, Volunteer says "I volunteer at the public museum because lots of people come in, and it's fun to show them Sioux City history, and as my husband says, I'm getting to be Sioux City history." She's part of a volunteer army-- 150 strong-- that supports the museum from open to close. That's the kind of support the museum needed in 2008 when fundraising started for the new building.

Steve Hansen, Sioux City Public Museum says, "I've always been a great believer in Sioux City, and Siouxland... that if the people feel there's a need, that they've always been there to do it."

Museum director Steve Hansen credits the city of Sioux City, the Waitt Family Foundation, and the Vision Iowa fund for making sure the new museum didn't become history. Steve Hansen, Sioux City Public Museum says, "The public museum is a classic example of people in Sioux City going out and educating other people, identifying a need, and then coming through and doing it in a first-class fashion."

Open for more than a year now, the museum boasts 5-thousand pieces on the museum floor, and another 50-thousand in storage. And, the collection keeps growing. Steve Hansen, Sioux City Public Museum says, "History doesn't stop." And, neither does the desire to improve on what's already there. Steve Hansen, Sioux City Public Museum says, "We know that for the first few years, the newness will carry us through. But, to keep with level of service up to a very high level, which we expect from ourselves, we're gonna have to work at it and we're looking forward to that opportunity."

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