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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

The John Nelson Bergstrom Art Center and Museum,   pp. 373-375 PDF (731.6 KB)


Page 373


   THE JOHN NELSON BERGSTROM ART
              CENTER AND MUSEUM
IN THE will of John N. Bergstrom, who died in 1951, appeared this
clause: "If at the time of the death of my wife the City of Neenah
shall have established a museum, then my trustee shall pay to said
City $5o,ooo for museum purposes."
  Preliminary work toward this civic project started August 31, 1953,
when the Rotary Club of Neenah, under the chairmanship of F. H.
Werling, called together a committee of leading citizens to study the
possibilities of establishing a public museum in Neenah. Mr. Ernst
Mahler was elected Chairman of this study committee. Other mem-
bers: Mayor Carl Loehning, John W. O'Leary, J. Russell Ward, Mrs.
John N. Bergstrom, Henry Young, F. H. Werling, Mrs. H. K. Bab-
cock, Mrs. C. B. Clark and James C. Kimberly.
  The first step in the establishment of such museum occurred in the
fall of 1953, when the City of Neenah accepted the offer of Mrs. J. N.
Bergstrom for the use of her home at 165 North Park Avenue, Neenah,
Home of the J. N. Bergstroms, now to be known as The John Nelson Bergstrom
Art Center and Museum.
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