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Help Conserve the Springfield Art Museum's Iconic Columns

Help the Springfield Art Museum conserve these pieces of history that are also works of art!

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Pledge Incentives

$10.00 Level

3 Supporters

Every gift will make a difference and help restore Springfield's iconic Colonial Hotel columns.

$25.00 Level

7 Supporters

Your donation puts us $25 closer to our goal! Please consider sharing our project on your social media channels to help add to our momentum.

$50.00 Level

6 Supporters

Your generous donation of $50 makes you a pillar of support for the Museum and the Amphitheater!

$100.00 Level

10 Supporters

Your generous donation puts us $100 closer to our goal! Donors at this level will receive a complimentary membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Association - which provides FREE admission to over 1,000 arts and culture institutions across the nation! Visit for more information and participating organizations.

Project Overview

In the past year, the Springfield Art Museum, City of Springfield and The Sunderland Foundation have invested over $3 million (combined) in the naturalization of the Fassnight Creek, addition of a new parking lot and the improvement and beautification of the 1936 Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era amphitheater.

We have one more piece to do - well, actually 4 pieces - and we need your help!

The Museum's four historic columns that flank either side of the amphitheater stage were transplanted from the old Colonial Hotel in 1958 when the Museum was built in Phelps Grove.

These most recognizable and beloved icons are in dire need of restoration and preservation. Your gift today will help preserve the Museum Columns for another generation!


Wow! Thank you!

Thank you for being a part of the Springfield Art Museum family and future!

Your wonderful support on this #GivingTuesday helped us surpass our fundraising goal to preserve the Columns saved from Springfield's historic Colonial Hotel. I look forward to updating you on the columns' restoration progress and celebrating your generosity at an event on the Hatch Foundation Lawn in the Spring.

Thank you again and Happy Holidays!

Very best regards,


Kate Francis
Museum Affairs Officer for Fundraising and Development


About Springfield Art Museum


The Springfield Art Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. 


The Springfield Art Museum recognizes the past and embraces the future as a collaborator and catalyst for the transformation of individuals and the community through art. The Art Museum is a vital partner in the economic development of the city and values collaboration. The Museum will actively cultivate the use of its facilities both interior and exterior as a cultural resource for its citizens through the continued expansion of its permanent collection, creative development and expansion of exhibitions and providing educational outreach to the citizens of Southwest Missouri.


The Springfield Art Museum is one of the City’s oldest cultural institutions. It started as the Art Study Club, founded by a small group of women in 1926 led by Deborah D. Weisel. The group was successfully incorporated on June 26, 1928 as the Springfield Art Museum. By 1946, the Museum became a City department when Council approved a special levy to include financial support of the Museum and appointed a nine-member board. The Art Study Club eventually deeded the Museum to the City.

As a city department, the Springfield Art Museum continued to grow and find its permanent home in Phelps Grove Park with the largest gallery dedicated to Ms. Weisel. Today, the Springfield Art Museum continues to honor the legacy of the Art Study Group by expanding community outreach and introducing people of all ages to the beauty, wonder, and imagination of art.

The Museum is currently working to cultivate the use of its facilities as a cultural resource for Southwest Missouri, to expand its permanent collection, and to develop and expand its exhibitions while providing greater educational outreach to the community. We are stewards of the community’s most valuable cultural treasures, and the future of the museum and its programs continues to be brighter than ever. The Museum is always free, and you are always welcome.

Springfield Art Museum

Springfield, Missouri