In 1976, the city solicited ideas for a community-wide bicentennial project. From all the submissions, they selected the “Depot Park and Museum Project.” A campaign to raise $50,000 to create a 4-acre park and restore the depot to house a museum hit the news. Half was for the museum and the other half housed the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce.
By 1978, organizers were asking for donations of historical artifacts to fill the 13 display cabinets. The grand opening was October 1978.
Then 35 years later, in 2014 the whole depot was moved across town. And here we are, nine years later.
What a life for the Sturgis Historical Museum ~ at the Depot!