The Trustees of the Kathleen
Johnson Memorial Trust have agreed
to match $2 for every $1 donated.
The first goal of our capital
campaign is $400,000.00 by June
WHO WE ARE: The Lowell Historical Museum is located in
the heart of Northwest Arkansas Region. The purpose of the museum is to preserve
history through pictures, artifacts, and art. In the beginning lumber was a big
industry and then it changed to agriculture, apple orchards, vegetables and
strawberries, livestock and poultry, sending its products all over the world via
the Frisco Railroad. Today it has changed and is home to J. B. Hunt Transport, a
Fortune 500 company and other trucking companies along Hwy 71B. The trucking
industry has become the way to transport goods and services throughout the NWA
Region and the USA.
Because we have outgrown our present facility, we are moving to
a new location at 304 Bellview Road, Lowell, AR. An approx. 10,000 square foot
building will be built to house current artifacts as well as make room for
future donations. The museum will provide the following: Veterans’ Room,
Children’s Room, Community Room for public meetings and/or family events; café
for sandwiches and cold beverages and the ability to heat/cool food for events
in the Community Room; lobby with our Butterfield Stagecoach at the center;
covered outdoor space for farm and agriculture implements; 6,000 square feet of
exhibit space; storage and receiving areas; Rose Garden in memory of Kathleen
Johnson; office and restrooms.
The new museum will add a room for Veterans of NWA
Region. Veterans may gather to visit about their war experiences and military
campaigns. It will be organized and equipped by veterans with mementos of all
wars and military campaigns. A Children’s Room will also be designed to allow
children the freedom to move about, and yet see and touch items of the past they
have never seen before. Books will be available for reading by the children or
by parents to their children. A Community Room, seating 100 people, will be used
for business meetings and/or family events.
The new museum will be located on 100 acres of land which was
donated to the City of Lowell by Leonard Johnson in memory of his wife,
Kathleen. Both of them are deceased, but it was Leonard’s wish that the land is
to be used for the citizens of Lowell and surrounding region. It has a walking
trail among tall trees on the west end of the acreage and two beautiful barns
which have been photographed often. A veterans memorial is planned east of the
museum and the Razorback Greenway Trailways will join the property on the east
end. Fire Station 43 will be built on the north end by the end of 2017.