Stuhr Museum Steps Closer to Goal with $1 Million Donation

Sharon and Lanny Martin

The Stuhr Museum Foundation has announced a recent million dollar donation made towards the "Gem of the Prairie" campaign, bringing the foundation close to its $7 million goal.

Sharon and Lanny Martin, of Denver, Colo., brought the campaign's total up to $5,915,048 to be used for the renovation and restoration of the historic Stuhr Building. The foundation says significant work is needed to address the building's failing systems as well as to update the museum's main exhibit building and visitor's center.

Lanny Martin is the son of Lucile and the late Jack Martin of Grand Island. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1964. The family's relationship with Stuhr Museum goes back
to when Lanny's father helped garner early support for Stuhr Museum from local farmers. Lanny and Sharon's donation honors Lanny's parents, and names the second floor gallery the "Lucile and Jack Martin Gallery of the Prairie Pioneer."

"Sharon and I are pleased to support the "Gem of the Prairie"Capital Campaign. My Dad and Mom were early supporters of the Stuhr Museum and we are all proud of what has been accomplished since those early days,"Martin said.

The foundation is urging residents of central Nebraska to help support the campaign as they work to raise that last $1.1 million.

For more information on the Gem of the Prairie Campaign, contact the Stuhr Museum Foundation at (308) 385-5131 or go to