AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The main thing is that we want to keep the museum free,” Executive Director Myra Hilliard said. This year’s drive has a special focus, according to Hilliard. “We’ve been really lucky this year and we’ve been able to hire Candace Holley-Netland, who is our collections manager,” Hilliard said. Hilliard said this is part of a move to reorganize and catalogue old documents and items in the museum’s archive room, a project Holley-Netland will oversee. The largest part of this task is preserving old documents, especially newspapers dating back to the Whittier Graphic in 1887. “It’s very important for our newspapers,” Holley-Netland said. “The way they’re standing right now, they’re just going to crumble.” Although the papers are not on display, they are used for another little-known service the museum offers. Holley-Netland is available to help researchers search for historical documents to use in their work. “It’s a great thing to be able to look at those old newspapers and read the articles straight from the paper,” Holley-Netland said. “I know in my research, I find a lot in those newspapers and I’m able to complete research for my clients in a quick manner.” Holley-Netland estimates the repairs and preservation needed for that part of the collection will cost $5,000. Money will also be used to cover the cost of renovations to the building where the exhibits and collections are housed. “We have a few concerns about our facility, just like a home,” Hilliard said. “We’re starting to need new paint and new carpet.” Hilliard said the museum has received some donations so far, but is short of its goal for the drive, which ends in mid-November. The 15,000-square-foot Whittier Museum, 6755 Newlin Ave., sees between 2,000 and 3,000 visitors annually, plus another 2,000 schoolchildren who come on field trips. According to the museum’s treasurer, Stephen Flanders, it would be impossible to accommodate these visitors without donations. “That’s what we live on,” Flanders said. “We live and breathe on donations.” Flanders said he hopes to see the museum expand and upgrade in the coming year, but funding is necessary for this to happen. Bill Downey of Downey & Sons West Whittier Paint is a board member of the Historical Society and has donated time, supplies and money to the museum. Downey said he hopes to see more members of the community taking advantage of what the museum has to offer. “A lot of people have talked to me at the store and they don’t even know Whittier has a museum,” Downey said. “But we have a darn good museum.” To make a donation or find out about volunteer opportunities, call (562) 945-3871 [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Museum annual fundraising drive The Whittier Historical Society and Museum has begun its annual fundraising campaign to cover $15,000 of its $170,000 operations budget for the year. The museum sends out letters to businesses and residents soliciting donations, and also relies on word-of-mouth in the community to find the money needed to meet its needs. Money raised through the campaign will go to maintaining the museum without charging admission.