Putnam Museum Study Begins
How to strengthen its finances, and better serve the public - those are the goals of a new study now underway for the Putnam Museum in Davenport.
President and ceo, Kim Findlay, says the board of trustees is working with an international museum consultant, plus a local business consulting firm and market research firm to help the Putnam plan its future.
Alternatives could include some sort of taxpayer support, a capital campaign, and even moving to a new location.
Findlay says the museum has increased its fundraising from private sources 600 per cent in the last eight years, while operating with a staff that's less than half the size it had 10-15 years ago.
Included among the 150,000 visitors a year to the Putnam Museum are 30 to 35,000 school children.
Findlay says the study should be done in October.