Lexington History Museum Looks For New Home

Jul 16, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington History Museum Board of Trustees meets Monday to consider a new temporary home for the museum, which was closed to the public last week due to concerns about deteriorating lead paint. Museum officials want to maintain a visible presence in the neighborhood.

Despite being closed to visitors, the Lexington History Museum is far from deserted. Museum staff are still showing up to work, in fact.

"This building, I am convinced, is sound. It will always need attention as any old building will, but it's not as though we're in a building that's falling down, or is structurally unsafe, or is causing serious health hazards," says Jamie Millard, president and CEO of the museum.

He says the lead present in the Old Courthouse is confined to surfaces and not airborne. Temporary locations for some exhibits are being considered this week. A lead abatement crew will start work on a timetable and cost estimate for repairs this Thursday. Millard says the city has passed up chances to renovate the museum in the past.

"We're in that age old question: where do you find the will when you don't have the wallet?"

In the meantime, Millard hopes the community will rally behind the iconic Lexington building and donate through goodgiving.net. For now, the museum plans to add to its online exhibits at lexingtonhistorymuseum.org.