The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum has received a $100,000 donation from longtime Santa Monica resident and retired ophthalmologist Dr. John E. Gilmore.
The Historical Society Museum $5 million capital campaign for the build-out of a new museum was launched in September and to date has raised $200,000, according to a museum campaign spokesman.
Actor-director Joe Regalbuto, best known for his ten-year starring run on television’s Murphy Brown and for directing episodes of Titus, Veronica’s Closet and George Lopez, is the honorary spokesperson for the campaign.
Fundraising efforts are led by Jean McNeil Wyner, chair of the Historical Society Museum board of directors, and Bob Gabriel, chair of the museum’s Permanent Home Committee.
Gilmore is active in the Santa Monica community and supports organizations such as the YMCA, Kiwanis Club and Boys & Girls Club.
“Santa Monica is full of culture and being able to help preserve its history for future generations means a lot to me,” Gil- more said. “For those who feel that Santa Monica has been a big part of their lives, I urge them to join the campaign and to help make this museum a major attraction.”
Funds raised will allow the museum to be relocated to a new 5,000-square-foot facility on the Santa Monica Main Public Library campus at Sixth Street, Santa Monica.
Contributions will help provide for overall design, development and construction of the new facility, exhibitions, an expanded research library, educational programs, children/senior/family events, collection preservation, online access to historical images and documents, maintenance and operations.
The museum’s board of directors has established a Donor’s Circle honoring contributors with special recognition on the Wall of Legacy, which will be a permanent fixture in the new museum.
Founded in 1975 under the City of Santa Monica Centennial Committee, the nonprofit Historical Society Museum has been operating at various temporary locations and is currently at 1539 Euclid St., Santa Monica.
Due to increased donations of artifacts, documents, textiles and images, space has become an issue, prompting museum officials to begin exploring new locations to contain Santa Monica Bay area historical troves.
“We greatly appreciate Dr. Gilmore’s generous donation,” said Louise Gabriel, president and chief executive officer of the museum. “It has helped our fundraising efforts enormously.”
Information, or to make a donation, www.santamonicahistory .org or (310) 395-2290.