John A. Luetkemeyer Jr. and Thomas F. Mullan III donated a combined gift of $400,000 for the construction of a new facility at the museum to be named in honor of their late fathers as the John A. Luetkemeyer Sr. and Thomas F. Mullan Jr. Legacy Center.
“The Ward Museum is grateful for the amazing generosity of Mr. Luetkemeyer and Mr. Mullan. The donors and their fathers are prominent philanthropists in Baltimore and beyond, and this gift will have a major impact in the Salisbury community.” said Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum.
The campaigns goal is $1,500,000 to support the expansion of the Ward Museum and much-needed capitol improvements to the galleries facility.
Funds will support gallery renovations including the museums Ward Brothers Gallery, smart classroom technology improvements to education rooms, roadside signage replacement, retail area renovations, collection storage area upgrades, and landscaping and public sculpture garden enhancements.
“The Ward Museum has so much to offer the community and Salisbury University,” said SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, “the Legacy Center and other improvements will position the museum to support and serve our area with a new level of excellence for years to come.”
The new building will add 2,200 square feet to the museum and be used as an education center and flexible meeting space to serve the growing needs of educational and cultural programs for all ages.
The center will enable the museum to serve grade-wide school field trips for the first time. It will also incorporate environmentally sustainable design, including solar paneling and geothermal technology.
Salisbury University's Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art features the world's largest public collection of decorative wildfowl art and antique decoys. The museum is named in honor of famed Delmarva carvers Stephen and Lemuel Ward and strives to lead the way for advancing the understanding of wildfowl art and the interrelationships of art, nature and tradition.
Through educational programs, exhibits and events the museum builds upon the legacy of Steve and Lem Ward to bring young and old to a greater understanding of the human relationship to the natural world. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum.