The Sainte Marie Foundation museum will be open on Sunday, June 3, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Sainte Marie Foundation House, 113 S. Washington, Sainte Marie.
Meet host and co-curator Donna Keller to view the current exhibit, Taking Care of Business: Past and Present Business in Sainte Marie, which will be closing at the end of the summer.
Plans for the next exhibit, The Way We Were, featuring the schools and toys of childhood years, are underway. Contact the curators, Mike Hartrich (618-783-8678) or Donna Keller (618-455-3452) if you have pictures or can loan items of interest.
The Sainte Marie Foundation was established in 2007 to honor the village’s history and to maintain contact with former residents who wanted to see their old community thrive in changing times. In 2008, the Harley and Lena Kirts home was donated to the Foundation by its owner, Don Albers of DCA Construction, Breese. IL, This residence became the Foundation House, which now includes a museum and space for former residents to have a family reunion or other event, or even an overnight stay. Extensive renovation of this house required the help of many volunteers, as well as outside contractors. The Foundation is still a volunteer-run organization, with a website and changing historical exhibits.
Some of the Foundation’s programs are the Flower Baskets that line Main Street and the Cork and Pork Festival, this year on July 14th, that raises funds for many local non-profit organizations in Jasper County. A quarterly newsletter keeps present and former residents aware of what is happening in the Ste. Marie area.
The Foundation is incorporated as an Illinois not-for-profit, founded exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. For further information, contact Donna Keller, 618-455-3452.