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Putnam Museum Study Begins

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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. 

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Pres. & ceo Kim Findlay celebrating the opening of the new STEM Science Center in 2014.

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.

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Our cost per visitor is $26-27 versus $32-34 average for museums our size.

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.