The De Vries Taxidermy Collection is nearing the goal of a new, permanent home.
The group of crafted and mounted birds, fish and various other wildlife will be moving to the Friends of Ameliasburgh Heritage Village Museum once their fundraising goal has officially been reached.
That goal was $154,000 to refurbish the green barn building at the museum for specific environmental needs (temperature, humidity, etc.). With charitable help, the De Vries Collection currently sits around $6500 off. The John M. & Bernice Parrott Foundation made one of the biggest contributions, at $85,000.
Head Curator of the County Museums Jennifer Lyons says the move to a County-operated facility allows a new audience to view the taxidermy at set hours, plus it adds more of a chance for people to gain further knowledge about the collection.
John De Vries and sister Jane Moon inherited the collection from their father, the late Jake De Vries in 2008.
John De Vries explains why his father chose to make taxidermy a keen interest in his life.
This movement coincides with the 50th anniversary of Ameliasburgh Museum.
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