TERRE HAUTE -- Riddell National Bank of Clay County became the first bank outside Vigo County to make a gift to the Terre Haute Children's Museum.
The gift moves the museum's capital campaign nearer to its $5.3 million fundraising goal.
"We felt this represented a great opportunity to enhance people's lives in the Wabash Valley, and we know that the economic stimulus a quality children's museum can provide will be a valuable asset to the area," Riddell National Bank Vice President Steve Kidwell said.
Kidwell added the museum isn't simply a Terre Haute attraction, but could become a destination for visitors from surrounding counties.
"We're excited about Riddell National Bank's gift," Terre Haute Children's Museum Executive Director Scott Williams said. "It represents the continuous expanding of support from throughout the Wabash Valley. The museum's mission remains to serve and support the educational efforts of the school corporations in the 22 counties of the Wabash Valley."
Riddell's contribution will sponsor a key exhibit in the museum, the air cannon, which is a favorite hands-on exhibit found in children's museums throughout the country. The air cannon lets visitors feel the pressure of air moving from one location to another by launching invisible air rings toward a determined target.
For 18 years, the Terre Haute Children's Museum has been sparking area children's interest in science and technology through experimental learning with hands-on exhibits that focus on mathematics, science and technology, first from the basement of the First Congregational Church and currently from its storefront location, 523 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute.
The new museum, expected to open later this year, will allow for expansion and updating of current exhibits and provide for additional ones in its new three-story space.