In the middle of the performance, museum director Betsy Kellner paused the music to ask the crowd for donations toward the festival. She was also accepting donations for the museum in the form of snack sales and by those thankful for the entertainment and what the museum provides. The museum provides a series of educational opportunities and preservation of its history.
Relying on a bunch of small, but important fundraisers throughout the year is how the Venango Museum stays afloat. COVID-19 has put a hurting on this according Kellner. "We've been good up until now," she said, crediting the support of Bridge Builders, the Samuel Justus Foundation and private donors.
Since the governor lifted some restrictions allowing the museum to open, Kellner said she's lucky to see 10 visitors a week. That number is a fraction of their usual visitors.
Their website gives many opportunities to donate and support their programs. Their annual auction of donated items, not museum artifacts, is likely to be virtual this year if the virus restrictions are not lifted.
How you can help?
The roughly $6,000 a month minimal operating budget relies of donations and monies from their programs which are up in the air at this time. A Native American exhibit is currently open to public for free thanks to a grant, but they welcome visitor donations. To support you can send a check to the Venango Museum at 270 Seneca Street, Oil City, PA 16301 or call in a credit card donation to 814-676-2007.