The Anaheim Museum on Monday received a donation of $50,000 from the Ibaraki-Ken Shinyo Kumiai Bank in Mito, Japan, Anaheim’s sister city. And the bank promised an additional $50,000, to be distributed over the next five years. The money will be used to build an endowment fund for the museum, which opened last November.
The donation is the largest single gift the museum has ever received. It was presented during a 15th-anniversary dinner for the Anaheim plant of the Mito-based Nuclear Argosy Corp., which was financed by the same bank.
The Anaheim Museum, which occupies Orange County’s only remaining Carnegie Library--restored last year through the Redevelopment Agency--is devoted to the history of Anaheim and northern Orange County. The museum houses artifacts that capture “what life was like at various periods of history,” says director Herbert E. Pruett, “clear back to fossils from prehistoric times.”