Windmill Area Membership Endowment

History
De Immigrant windmill was completed in 2000 and, at the time, was one of two operating Dutch windmills in the United States. In 2010, the Windmill Cultural Center opened and became the home to 22 diverse windmill models, most built by Henk and June Hielema. The Windmill Cultural Center also provided space to allow for educational and cultural programs and temporary exhibits. With this beautiful space came an obligation to attract residents and tourists to the Windmill Area throughout each month of the year. In 2011, an endowment was created to help cover the cost of programs and exhibits not covered within the operating and maintenance budget.
 
Purpose
The Windmill Area Membership Endowment supports the mission of the Windmill Area Steering Committee. The committee has chosen to direct distributions from this fund to provide important financial support for developing programming for children, adults, and families; providing temporary exhibits; and taking care of museum artifacts. 
 
Impact
The Windmill Area is served by Friends of the Windmill, Volunteer Educators, Volunteer Millers, and Miller Club. The Windmill Area is open every month of the year for school and adult tours, special events, educational programs, and temporary exhibits. Currently, there are as many as five programs a month offered to the public and temporary exhibits rotate every two months.
 
It is because of the support from our community that the Windmill Area in Fulton, IL, is able to offer area residents and visitors from around the world a rich mix of museum exhibits, educational programs, and cultural events.  Thank you for supporting the Windmill Area!  
 
Did you know that any individual contributing $1,000 or more to this fund becomes a lifetime member of the Windmill Area (and that a family can become lifetime members with a contribution of at least $1,500)?
 


"Our fund allows us to support programs that enhance the lives of children, individuals, families and businesses."

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