We are a committee of volunteers formed in 2010 to pursue the construction of a new library and museum facility in Danville. The structure will be 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 will be funded through a series of grants, donations (both monetary and in-kind), and other fundraising activities.
Danville’s current library has been open for more than 30 years and has thrived while being entirely run on donations and volunteers. However, the Danville Library has outgrown its current building. The new library will be an additional learning center for our community by providing free and open access to information and ideas in an inviting environment.
The new facility will allow us to provide additional services because of expanded operating hours and available space. The library will include books, periodicals, a media center with state-of-the-art technology, a children’s corner, a geneology resource area, and a meeting room with kichenette.
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 museum is very limited to visitors because of our current “appointment only” hours. The new building would increase public accessibility and provide 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, Danville Mayor Trent & Heather (Heffelfinger) Henkelvig, Ben Heckart, Matt Hauptman, Candy Huber, Tim & Lynne Haeffner, and Nancy (Leu) Martin.