We Need Your Help!

Posted on: February 16, 2019
Tags: donate, Harmon Museum, support

Harmon Museum’s front steps are falling apart and no longer safe for man or beast.  Our staff has decided to launch a campaign to raise the funds needed for repairs through donations from the public. The Warren County Historical Society which owns and operates Harmon Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, privately funded by donations, admissions, and fundraising activities.  We receive less than 5% of our annual budget in government support.  If you would like to help please visit our donate page.  We also accept checks in the mail and cash at the museum.

The front steps of Harmon Museum are not just a way into the museum.  The building is set high above the street making those steps a great vantage point for viewing parades and other happenings in downtown Lebanon.  When John McCain and Sarah Palin visited Lebanon during the 2008 Presidential Campaign, Senator McCain walked down Broadway to Harmon Museum to shake hands with 50 or so people who were watching the event from Harmon Museum’s steps.  On the first Saturday in December the steps are packed with folks watching the horse drawn carriages turn from Broadway onto Main Street during Lebanon’s annual Christmas Festival.  Other times you see high school seniors, family groups or even brides having their picture taken on the steps. 

Fortunately, Harmon Museum has a brand new universally accessible entrance located on the west or back side of the building. Our visitors can park in the new parking lot behind the building and come into the museum through our brand new west doors. The new entrance on the west side (back) of Harmon Museum opened August 25, 2018 and not a minute too soon.  The Broadway entrance for Harmon Museum is 18 steep steps faced with brick.  The original Harmon Museum steps were concrete back in 1913.  In the late 1960s when the City started putting in brick sidewalks, the Warren County Historical Society decided it would be nice to make Harmon Museum’s steps brick to match.  Unfortunately, the design has never held up very well and every couple of years we have to patch the steps.  We’ve had the south side steps closed down for a year because the mortar has given way and the bricks are not safe.  Now the north side is falling apart.  Clearly another patch job is not the answer.

We have talked to several concrete and paving specialists and now have a viable plan to restore the steps.  This is not a small project – 18 steps plus reinstalling the Harmon Hall railings – and the price tag is $10,000.

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