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New Updates On Andersonville Water Tower Fundraising

We all watched in awe and wonder as the Andersonville water tower was removed from the top of the Swedish American museum back in March. It was a sad day both for the museum and for those of us who look to the water tower as a staple along the skyline in Andersonville.

The damage done to the tower, which is painted to the likeness of the Swedish flag, was due to the harsh conditions of this last winter. Executive Director Karin Abercrombie and the rest of her staff over at the museum have been working diligently and creatively to help secure the funds they need to get the water tower back.

Andersonville_TowerSadly, the water tower is still sitting lonely and towering over a concrete slab parking lot at Foster and Ashland. But it doesn’t have to stay there forever! There is still more work to be done to restore the water tower. The community is busy working every angle to leverage any and all resources to fix the damage .

There has already been a great deal of fundraising in the last few months. So far, with the support of a Groupon Grassroots campaign and a generous museum and neighborhood family, they have been able to raise close to $35,000 out of an estimated $150,000 that will be needed for the restoration and to put the tower back on the roof. “There is still so far to go to raise the funds needed, but every donation helps bring the historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline,” says  Abercrombie.

The following are ways  you can help support the cause to restore the water tower and bring it back to is lofty perch at the museum.

  • This Friday the Andersonville Brewing Company will be releasing their newest seasonal brew… Vattetntorn (Swedish for Water Tower). This Baltic Porter was brewed in collaboration with fellow brewery, Metropolitan Brewing Company. Beer lovers can expect rich chocolatey notes and a smooth finish. $1 will be donated to restoring the tower for every glass of  Vattentorn sold.
  • There will be a Family Fest on June 1, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the parking lot located at Foster and Ashland, in which families are invited to come take pictures with the water tower tank in the parking lot. There will be hotdogs and food served. All the proceeds will go towards the water tower.
  • Midsommarfest  is June 6-8. There is a suggested donation for entry into the festival (kids under 12 and seniors over 65 are free) on Saturday and Sunday.  A portion of every donation will go to the Swedish American Museum’s Water Tower Fund.
  • In August the Swedish American Museum is planning on a chef’s event. Details are still being formulated, but we will keep you updated!

Karin and her staff are so thankful for all of the support they have received thus far, and invites anyone to participate by coming to the museum and picking up a donation can. “You are more than welcome to come to the museum and pick up a donation can for your home or local business,” Ambercrombie said. “Every penny brings the museum closer to raising the funds we need tofor preserving the historic and iconic water tower of Andersonville.”


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