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Innovation Gateway will be a warm, energetic, and inviting entrance to the museum. Currently, visitors enter through a building that is non-ADA compliant nor stroller friendly. This new space will offer clear wayfinding for all visitors.
Innovation Gateway’s centerpiece is an interactive digital exhibit filled with images and stories that can be explored by person, theme, timeline, or artifact. The digital exhibit experience will share a whole and inclusive history narrative where people will be able to upload approved documents, photographs and stories in a WIKI format inviting multiple perspectives and widening the narrative. This forward-thinking project will create a living legacy to inspire current and future generations and steer a path to a better tomorrow by showcasing our history, diversity, community leaders, and growth.
The estimated cost for the Innovation Gateway is $3.66 million. The Naperville Heritage Society, administrator of Naper Settlement, has received over $1.4M in state grants and generous awards from private donors and foundations, including a $500,000 grant from the Tellabs Foundation and gifts totaling $500,000 from Christopher and Christine Birck and The Birck Family Foundation at The Chicago Community Foundation.
The Innovation Gateway’s construction is funding dependent, and we plan to break ground in 2022.
You can help in a variety of ways! We are looking for donations of all kinds, including financial support, oral histories, and artifacts. We are incredibly excited to get this project off the ground and with your help, we can make this happen. Donate online today or email us to learn more