The Sawmill Museum will open on Oct. 1 with the national traveling interactive exhibit “Exploring Trees Inside and Out.”  

The museum will kick off with a preview of this exhibit and more on Friday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wild Rose Casino & Resort with a charity auction.

 The event will feature an appetizer buffet, beer and wine, and entertainment by Josh Duffe Orchestra.  Ticket price for this inclusive package is $40.

The evening includes both silent and live auctions.  Some of the featured items are: a trip to Napa Valley, a private chartered flight, hog roast and hot air balloon ride, Million Dollar Quartet musical package, Italian cooking class, pheasant hunting, NFL and MBL tickets, dinner packages, jewelry, art and more.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the Sawmill Museum’s grand opening and feature exhibit “Exploring Trees.”  

“This event is important as the Sawmill Museum moves from concept to reality,” says Joni Krogman, executive director. “Finally, we will be able to have a platform that shares Clinton’s rich sawmill history as well as a nationally acclaimed interactive learning exhibit, ‘Exploring Trees Inside and Out,’ when the doors of the museum open on Oct. 1.  The community support has been so valuable and will continue to be so as we position ourselves as a regional educational attraction and create additional tourism to the Clinton area.”  

 For more details about the event visit Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Sawmill Museum or by contacting Paula Kircher at 243-0246.

The Sawmill Museum is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that is run with private donations as well as regional grants.  The museum is located at 2231 Grant St., Clinton.  

The museum mission is to preserve, collect, interpret and explore the history of America’s sawmill, lumber and forestry industries.

Centered around the story of Clinton’s rich lumber history, the museum will feature exhibits, programs and events that explore the history of these industries, their current practices and future opportunities and challenges.

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