Museum Bell Platform Gets Freshened Up!

The Garnavillo Museum’s bell platform hasn’t supported a church bell for a long time! The bell that originally stood atop the platform when it was the Congregational Church, was sold to St. Peter Lutheran church in 1945-46, when their current church building was built after their fire. The platform, because of its height, wasn’t subject too often to care and repair and paint. And as a result was looking bad and deteriorating. Its roof had also started to leak which was a danger to the exhibits below.

With the help of supporters, Burnell Smith, the late William Collings, and grants from NYL-Your Cause ($1,000) and the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation ($1,500), the Garnavillo Historical Society was able to have work done to repair and protect the wood of the platform and replace the roof with rubber roofing. Total cost of the project was $6,069.25. Work was completed in May by House to Home Remodeling. Now the bell platform looks nice and no longer leaks!

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About MDRT Foundation. Through its global grants programs, the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. In 2022, the MDRT Foundation awarded over $1.6 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to over 300 charitable organizations worldwide. The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. For more information visit

About MDRT. The Million Dollar Round Table, was founded in 1927, and is a global, independent association of more than 86,000 of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 nations and territories. Lanny Kuehl, president of the Garnavillo Historical Society, and a New York Life agent, is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. For more information visit

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