Stouffer family’s ‘Window in Time’ donation supports history museum

Nov 13, 2019 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Stouffer family wedding photo at Catawba Island Club in 2017

A photograph of the James V. Stouffer Jr. family gathered for the 2017 Catawba Island Club wedding of Jim’s nephew, Marshall Drew, has elected to sponsor a “Windows in Time” display area at Union Chapel Museum.

The Catawba Island Club’s noted Stouffer family will sponsor an exhibit venue at the Catawba Island Historical Society’s Union Chapel Museum. The main gallery’s most prominent display sites are part of a naming rights program called “Windows in Time.” The effort was launched in the spring of 2019 and, including the Stouffer selection, six of 10 initially available locations have already been committed.

Upon entering the Museum, patrons typically follow a counter-clockwise route around the interior perimeter to view a tale of Catawba told chronologically on large display panels. Those panels are the “Windows in Time.”

A tasteful bronze plaque is being mounted above each display to honor the sponsor or sponsor’s designee. The Stouffer family joins Cindy and John Henry Bolte, Alison Falls, Bill and Bob Kyle, David and Marsha Polus, and Phil and Carol Teitlebaum, who invested $10,000 each to become program participants.

Craig Koerpel, President of the Historical Society noted that “The Stouffers and the Catawba Island Club have a half century record of offering family activities to enhance the lives of people who live and vacation here.

“Stories about families are central to the heritage the Historical Society seeks to protect and preserve. The Stouffer “Window in Time” is a logical extension of, and tribute to, our common mission.”

Catawba Museum at Union Chapel just finished its six-month 2019 operating season and will be closed until next May. Over the winter, several new exhibits will be added and the effort will continue to catalogue a huge quantity of photos, newspaper clippings, letters and legal documents contributed from the private collection of island residents Don and JoAnn Rhodes.

Admission to the Museum is free. Operating costs are principally underwritten by annual and lifetime memberships in the Historical Society, sponsorship opportunities like “Windows in Time,” grants, and gifts from estate planning. For more information, please call 419-967-5363, email or visit .

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