Highlands Museum to Have a Permament Home

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center will soon have a new home.

After months of negotiations, the ACTC Foundation's Board of Directors approved the HMDC proposal to purchase the Parsons Building at 1620 Winchester Avenue in downtown Ashland.

The foundation has owned the building since 2007.

HMDC has been a tenant of the building and occupied the bottom three floors since 1994.

"We are very pleaded that Highlands Museum and Discovery Center has agreed to purchase the Parsons Building. While the plans of our Foundation have changed over the past 6 or 7 years as needs and economic conditions have changed, our support of the Museum has never wavered. Our Foundation unanimously approved selling the Parsons Building to the Museum. We believe it is a good thing for all parties," said Bob Maher, President of the Foundation serving ACTC.

HMDC Governing Board President Chris Pullem said, "I've never worked with a group of people who have been more willing to commit time, expertise and money to support this regional treasure. None of this would be possible without their commitment and positive energy; they are all doers, not observers."

"We thank the ACTC Foundation for the opportunity to purchase and being our landlord for these past years," said HMDC Executive Director Carol Allen. "the Governing and Advisory Boards and the Ladies of the Highlands and many interested individuals have labored to make this day a reality. We are excited to move toward making the museum the true gem that it has the potential to be with the addition of more space which can be developed later."

"This event has been a long time coming and I am delighted that ownership of the building is in sight," said Mary Jo Burton, who is a member of the Ladies of the Highlands and a Charter Member of the Highlands Society. "Many, many individuals have worked tirelessly to make this happen and our community will be eternally benefitted from their determination. In 2014, the museum will celebrate 30 years of being a great asset to our area. Thank you, good people."

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