RBS group starts crowdfunding campaign for museum effort

RED BOILING SPRINGS – A community group leading the effort to restore a former bank building into a Red Boiling Springs heritage museum has started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the next round of repairs.

Organizers with Vision 2020 Inc., a 501(c)3 originally founded to boost tourism in the Macon County town, announced the campaign in an email Thursday. Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way to raise funds for projects – typically given in many small amounts by large numbers of people. The new fundraising effort can be found at gofundme.com.

“It has been suggested to us, numerous times by the ‘younger folks,’ that we should use crowdfunding to jump start the restoration on the bank building that will eventually become the heritage museum,” Rita Watson of Vision 2020 Inc. said in the email. “This is an easy way to give. You can donate as little as $5. We have been saying all along that ‘none of us has a lot to give but all of us can give a little and thereby we can accomplish great things.’ Crowdfunding is an easy way for those of you who live far away to be a part of this project to preserve the story of Red Boiling Springs.”

The goal is to raise $35,000; as of press time, $180 had been donated to the cause. The funds will go toward brick work on the building, Watson said.

In 2012, Vision 2020 bought the old bank building, which was built in the 1920s and has been added to the National Historic Register, with the goal of creating a heritage museum for the community.  

Liz Engel is the editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal. She can be reached at liz@ucbjournal.com

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