Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center offering donation plan to Lansing area business community

A recent photo of the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center showing progress in the construction of the building. A donation plan to help fund three distinct displays within the Center will be offered to the Lansing business community. Submitted photo.

At a recent meeting of the Allamakee County Conservation Board and Foundation, a plan was suggested to include the Lansing area business community in raising money to support the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center.

Under the plan, area businesses will be contacted and asked to donate toward three exhibits that are being reserved for the group. These three exhibits will carry the designation of being sponsored by the Lansing Area Business Community.  The three exhibits include:

• Shipping and Trade: A series of large graphic panels will show how trade in the Upper Mississippi River Basin established, affirmed, and then ultimately strained relationships between Indian tribes and European traders as well as political leaders.
• Early Settlements: The Mississippi River played a significant role in the development of early cultures. A two-sided kiosk will introduce visitors to life on the river before and after the arrival of European fur traders and trappers.
• Towns: Today, Allamakee County is home to six towns, including Lansing. However, over 30 towns once functioned within the county’s borders. This display area will feature local artifacts and photographs to provide a glimpse into the county’s rich history.  All displays will be located around the perimeter of the second floor of the building.

It is the hope of the Foundation that the area business community will embrace this opportunity to collectively play a significant role in the completion of the building. Volunteers will be contacting area businesses in the near future seeking their support. All donation levels are appreciated and payments may be spread over three years.