DIY Volunteers Needed

Bring your tool belt…

Most Wednesdays and Thursdays after 3:00 PM in August and September
Saturday, August 19 9:00-4:00
Saturday, August 26 9:00-4:00
Saturday, September 9 9:00-4:00

The Byron Museum is fixing up the old theater building and we need your help with remodeling projects that include painting, rough construction, masonry, electrical and carpentry.

VOL summer flier
Follow the theater renovations…

July 27, 2017

For Immediate Release

   Marian Michaelis, Executive Director
Phone:      815/234-5031

Volunteers Build Museums

Byron Museum of History is enlisting volunteers to help with the renovations to the Byron Theater building. This is an opportunity to perform skilled and manual labor for posterity and pizza. Bring your tool belt if you have one and play along as we bring these buildings into the twenty-first century.

During August and September, anyone with hands-on building experience is invited to attend these summer work days, Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on August 19, 26, and September 9. Volunteers and staff are also working on this project Wednesdays and Thursdays after 3:00 pm.

Almost all of the updates done by the American Legion were accomplished by Byron community volunteers in the 1970s. The museum’s commissioners are sure that the needed work can get done if the local talent takes an interest in supporting the museum’s efforts to recreate this gem. Special thanks to those hard workers that have been helping with this project since April.

The museum has gotten a lot of attention since the theater marquee was placed back on the building on July 10th, just in time for ByronFest. The theater hosted the annual quilt show for the first time and everyone got to see the plans and progress made so far.

Originally erected as the Byron Theater in 1948, this movie house showed films until 1963. By 1965 it was turned into an auto body garage and then the school bus depot until the Legion took it over in 1968. Since then, many a dance, wedding, and birthday have been celebrated in this venue. Now, in 2017, it is time to update the infrastructure of the 1970s renovations and set this building to new purpose.

The Byron Museum District purchased the Byron Theater in 2015 and is planning to remodel the space over the next year. Many updates and repairs are needed inside and out, we are starting with the outside. This initial phase focuses on the facades of 110 and 116 North Union Street, bringing back the style of the original theater. Repairing water damage and restoring the original marquee is motivating, but we also have a faux ticket booth and new doors to install.

Follow the progress on Facebook. Interested parties can just show up on scheduled work days or call the museum at 815-234-5031 to arrange the best time to help. Byron Museum District is open Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-3:00
The mission of the Byron Museum of History is to create an awareness of and appreciation for the historical, cultural and commercial development of the Byron area through a commitment to preservation, resource management and display of historical artifacts for public benefit.
”Preserving our past for our future”