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Public invited to participate in capital campaign for Discovery Center

The St. Clair County Historical Society has begun the public phase of its capital campaign for The Daphne Sumner History Discovery Center.

The Discovery Campaign has raised $130,000 to renovate the 1909 Queen Anne-style house into a historical hub for residents in St. Clair County and beyond to enjoy. Now, STCCHS is looking to the community to help reach the rest of the $300,000 total fundraising goal.

“Our Society strives to inspire people with St. Clair County’s amazing history.  The Daphne Sumner History Discovery Center will stand at the center of that mission, offering our community a place to learn, meet, and grow through experiencing our past,” said William Shannon, curator at STCCHS.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Discovery Center was held this summer on July 7 with Korte & Luitjohan Contractors. Excavation and new construction were completed on Sept. 15. The exterior construction was completed in full on Oct. 15.

The Daphne Sumner History Discovery Center will offer tour groups, programs and social gatherings with the following amenities: research library, welcome area, artifact preservation lab, gazebo, foyer, Curator’s Office, rose garden and outdoor gathering area.

To learn more about the gifting levels and how to make a donation to the Discovery Campaign, visit: or contact William Shannon at (618) 234-0600 or


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