Well everyone, it seems as though things have changed slightly regarding the installation of the Jerry’s Mural. As many of you know, sometimes construction work can take a twist and costs can rise. This, sadly, is the case right now.
Initially, money was thought to be available to handle the removal of the mural and its transport to the History Center, but this has not panned out. On top of that, the costs of removing the mural have increased as the wall has been found to be load bearing and needs to be reinforced. Lastly, the original bid for the hanging of the mural did not take certain structural concerns into account and now has to be hung from the ceiling in order to handle the mural’s weight, further increasing the cost.
The fact of the matter is that the costs to secure this mural has skyrocketed. The current bid has come in at $18,000, which includes everything from the removal, the transport, and installation. I know that this seems daunting, and you’d be right to think that this is a major change. I apologize for that, but sometimes life throws you a curveball. We are not giving up, however, and we will continue to work to save the Jerry’s Mural. We are asking for your continued and expanded support. If you can donate more, we ask that you consider doing so. If not, please share this with others who may be interested in helping out. If we rally behind this cause as a community, there is nothing that we cannot do!
Again, I apologize for the change, but we are working in a tight schedule. This was brought to us in mid-January and we need to have the mural out of Jerry’s by the end of February. We WILL make this happen and make this mural available for the public to once again view and enjoy. I thank you for your support of the Historical Society and our mission!
The mural at Jerry's Supper Club was an iconic piece of local art and history. Hanging prominently in the dining room of the restaurant for 50 years, this large mural told the story of Owatonna's past. The building is now being renovated and the mural being taken down. Our goal is to bring the mural to the Steele County Historical Society's History Center where it will be hung for permanent display in the atrium. The mural will hang for all to see once more above the atrium and interpretive signage will be set up to help tell the story of the mural and its importance to our local community.
We welcome you to be a part of this project and donate to help raise the funds necessary to safely and securely hang this piece of local history. Funds raised from this campaign will go toward the hanging of the mural itself as well as the creation of the interpretive signs that will be on display in the atrium as well.
The Steele County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. All funds raised through this campaign will go toward the installation of the mural and associated materials.