Kenosha History Center closed, without heat after furnace breaks

KENOSHA (WITI) -- The Kenosha History Center is closed after the furnace broke Wednesday, February 5th, leaving the building without heat. The breakdown could cost the organization thousands of dollars.

"We had to shut down because of safety concerns. It was just too cold to have tours," said Donald Shepard.

A new furnace is being built and shipped from New York. Shepard says the center is paying a premium to have the equipment sent via air freight.

"It's a major expense for us. The cost alone, just for the heating to be repaired, will be close to $7,000," said Shepard.

Between buying a new furnace and the losses from closing down, Shepard says the history center could be around $10,000 in the hole.

Although the center is partially funded by the county, it also relies on donations and volunteers to stay up and running. The center hopes to have the new furnace installed by the end of the month.

If you'd like to help out the Kenosha History Center by making a donation, you're urged to call 262-654-5770.