In 2004, knowing the home of the Garden City Historical Museum was slated for demolition and time was of the essence, Carol Bird, Muriel Grima, and Mary Jane Schildberg began searching for a new home for the Museum. With the help of local philanthropists they were able to secure a down payment and purchased the Straight Farmhouse from Starfish Family Services. From there a Board of Directors was elected and the name The Friends of the Garden City Historical Museumwas chosen. By Laws were drafted and ratified, and the group was incorporated as a 501(c)(3). The original Board of Directors were: Frieda Affholter, Carol Bird, Dr. Gerald Collins, Muriel Grima, Gerald Marquette, and Mary Jane Schildberg.
Our Vision Statement: To provide a museum in Garden City which will preserve the history of the community and serve as an educational center. Our Mission Statement: The mission and purpose of the Friends of the Garden City Historical Museum is to ensure that future generations can learn about and understand the contributions of prior generations to the formation and growth of Garden City.
The Straight Farmhouse
2003- City notifies Historical Commission current museum site (The Log Cabin) is slated for demolition
Late 2004- Straight Farmhouse is purchased
February 2005- First Board of Directors was elected and By Laws were ratified by the membership.
Early 2005- Demolition begins on future Grande Parlour.
December 28th, 2005- Grand Opening of the Grande Parlour Banquet Room
June 2006- City moves artifacts from Log Cabin to the Straight Farmhouse
October 20th, 2006- Grand Opening of Museum in new location (The Straight Farmhouse)