Paul Simon Museum In Southern Illinois To Close

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TROY, Ill. (AP) _ A southern Illinois museum that honors the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon is closing.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported Thursday that the U.S. Sen. Paul Simon Museum in Troy will close at the end of the month. Museum President Regina Dunbar Hendrickson blamed tight city budgets, difficult fundraising and lack of volunteers. Hendrickson says village contributions to the museum dropped from a high of $8,000 to about $2,000.

The museum opened in July 2005 to honor Simon, a journalist, veteran senator and one-time Democratic presidential candidate, who died in 2003.

Hendrickson says the museum doesn’t “have enough money to continue to have a roof over our heads.”

The museum has materials from and about Simon and sponsors an outreach program to teach civics to young people.
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Online: http://www.senatorpaulsimon.org/
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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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