- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Renovations are underway at the century-old Ruthmere Museum in Elkhart, which broke attendance records last year.

The Elkhart Truth reports (http://bit.ly/2kq6ire ) that restoration crews earlier this week were dismantling the museum’s iron gates and preparing to ship them to an iron restoration company that would work on them.

Museum executive director Bill Firstenberger says the project will span the next five months, during which extensive masonry work will be done. That will include areas damaged by water and tree roots. Crews also will repair pillars holding up the iron gates that had started to lean in recent years.

Efforts are expected to cost $34,000. Half of that will come from a Community Foundation of Elkhart grant.

The museum campus has three historic properties that showcase art and architecture.

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Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.elkharttruth.com

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