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Buffalo Bill Museum to Hold Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

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The Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Ia. will celebrate its recent expansion with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.

The free open house event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and the ribbon cutting ceremony is at 5 p.m.

Museum Executive Director Bob Schiffke said the 1,400 square feet expansion includes a new archival library and reception area – leaving more room for new exhibits in the main portion of the museum.

He said the expansion was made possible largely because of a significant increase in visitors in recent years.

Schiffke said over the past three years, the museum has seen nearly 50,000 visitors. Last year alone he said about 18,000 people came through the museum – a definite increase over the about 9,000 visitors the museum averaged per year in the past.

Schiffke estimates the project cost about $265,000 and was paid for through admissions, grant money and donations.

He says he attributes the boost in visitors to a recent boost in tourism in the city of LeClaire. He suspects that boost came from the American Pickers show on the History Channel, the Mississippi River Distilling Company and improvements made to the downtown area.

He says the museum will help the city now, too, especially through the addition of the archival library.

"It'll give the opportunity for the residents of LeClaire and the surrounding areas an opportunity to research their genealogy and past history of the area which they could not do before," said Schiffke.

Schiffke says the expansion is allowing him to set up an exhibit specific to LeClaire and he is also planning a hands-on exhibit for kids. 

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