We are a committee of volunteers formed in 2010 to pursue the construction of a new library and museum facility in Danville. The structure is located at the corner of Old Highway 34 and Division Street. The land was generously donated by Tom Gerdes in honor of Bob & Bernice Gerdes and Roy & Ruby Gerdes. This project was funded through a series of grants, donations (both monetary and in-kind), and other fundraising activities.
Danville’s library has been open for more than 30 years and thrives while being entirely run on donations and volunteers. However, the Danville Library had outgrown its previous building. The new library is an additional learning center for our community by providing free and open access to information and ideas in an inviting environment.
The new facility allows us to provide additional services because of expanded operating hours and available space. The library includes books, periodicals, a media center with state-of-the-art technology, a children’s corner, a geneology resource area, and a meeting room with kitchenette.
Danville is very fortunate to have a rich heritage dating back to the 1800’s. The museum has numerous historical displays. In addition, our museum is one of two international locations where the Anne Frank pen pal letters can be seen. However, the previous museum was very limited to visitors because of “appointment only” hours. The new building increases public accessibility and provides room to expand the museum exhibits.
Danville Station Committee
The Danville Station committee members include former Danville City Councilman Bob & Janet (Gerdes) Hesler, Steve & Jean (Kerr) Ita, former Danville Mayor Trent Henkelvig, Ben Heckart, Candy Huber, Tim & Lynne Haeffner, and Nancy (Leu) Martin.