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The Jackson County Historical Society said it's using money from an event it sponsored Sunday night to improve the lighting in its museum that is currently damaging the artifacts there.

The event was put on to celebrate Maquoketa's 175th anniversary. About 175 guests attended and the society said some of the money from the event tickets sold will go toward updating the museum lighting system.

Museum Curator Bonnie Mitchell said  fluorescent lights from the 1960s currently light the museum and are damaging the artifacts. She said the society has a plan in place to fix that and install all new lighting. The only problem is the plan is expected to cost the society about $30,000 and it's only been able to get a third of that from the county board of supervisors.

However, it will be able to use that $10,000 to begin and hopefully complete the first phase of its plan to install new lighting. The first phase includes removing all the overhead fluorescent lights in the cling and replacing them with ones that are less harsh and safe for the artifacts.

Once the society gets the funds. the second and third phases of the project will include putting new lights in the museum display cases and creating a new system to control the lighting from a central area in the museum.

Mitchell said the new lights could even cut their current $1,200/month utility bills in about half.

The new lighting plan is expected to be finished in about three years.

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