The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will host its annual Night at the Victory Canteen fundraiser on March 9. The event is held to raise money for the museum and improve its exhibits.
DannaKay Duggar, museum director, said this is one of two fundraisers the museum has every year.
“We really have kind of become famous for our silent auction. We have anything from oil changes to oil
paintings,” Duggar said.
Live music, live and silent auctions, and an Elvis impersonator will be featured at the event, held in the Jacksonville Community Center. Dinner will also be served. Volunteers working at the event dress up in clothes that resemble those worn during World War II.
“There’s always bigger and better things to do,” Duggar said. “We will always be in the fundraising mode.”
One of the goals the museum has had since its establishment in 2006 is to keep the prices of admission relatively low.
“We’ve always wanted the general public to be able to come in and be able to tour the museum,” Duggar said. “We’re not making money off of the admissions.”
The funds from this event will be used to improve the museum’s exhibits and essentially keep its doors open.
One substantial expense that Duggar said is unavoidable is the heating- and-cooling bill the museum faces each month.
“Heating and cooling is actually more important than you think. Some of our posters and artifacts have to be kept at certain temperatures,” Duggar said. “We don’t have the luxury of turning the heat way down or turning the air way up if we want to save money.”
Duggar is the only paid staff person at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History. Every other person who works at the museum is a volunteer.
“Pretty much everything is done by volunteers. I tell people that I work with heroes and I’m surrounded by angels,” Duggar said. “I could not do my job without them.”
In the past, the fundraiser has attracted diverse groups of people.
“It’s interesting to see people interact with each other,” Duggar said. “Anybody that’s interested in history or interested in tourism should come to the fundraiser.”
Duggar said another of the museum’s goals is to educate the people in Arkansas and draw tourists to the area.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $35 each and can be purchased at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History.
Staff writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at (501)244-4307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.