Museums Director: Financial contributions are on the mend

Posted March 18, 2013 10:59 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

As WRHI first reported last week, York County’s Culture and Heritage Foundation has repaid $3.4 million in debt to former developer Cherokee Investment Partners after a plan went south in 2008 to build a new museum on donated land near the Catawba River.

Monday night, the Museums’ Director, Carey Tilley, gave York County Council an update on the museum’s financials.

Tilley said the non-profit is still feeling the effects of negative publicity events surrounding the soured land deal, but is still pushing forward with new projects.

Financial contributions are down approximately 10 percent from what they were before a series of accusations of mismanagement were tossed around by state and county elected officials.

Those accusations were ultimately found unfounded.

York County Councilman Bump Roddey said Monday the wounds ripped open by the allegations need to be quickly mended.

Tilley told council that while their donor base continues to grow, taxpayers still have the biggest stake in maintaining the county’s history.

Tilley said last year, all four sites maintained by the museum brought in just shy of 47,000 visitors.

Tilley said recent renovations at the museum’s main campus — including a new planetarium — continue to be the major draws for museum visitors.