In 1999, Mary Cone Kasprzyk experienced the loss of her father-in-law and father and birth of her third child within months of one another. She funneled those emotions, along with a passion for children, into making a positive change in the community.
The idea for a hands-on, educational children’s museum in Southwest Michigan was born. After much research and several meetings, the early stages of the 501(C) (3) non-profit organization, then known as the Allegan County Children’s Museum, began to take shape.
Fueled by the support of the community, Mary overcame a number of unforeseen obstacles to bring the museum in traveling format to schools throughout the county over the next two years. However, during that time, it was decided that a permanent home would be ideal.
Putting Down Roots
In 2006, local philanthropist Robert Hutchinson offered to renovate an old building in downtown Fennville, which still serves as the museum's home. Many of the hands-on exhibits have been built by community members or purchased through generous donations. The museum also offers a vibrant selection of programs and special events throughout the year.
Forever Curious has received numerous grants, awards and accolades, including the PBS/WGVU “Making a Difference” finalist in 2015. It was named the “Favorite Find of the Entire Summer” by Travel Editor Julie Henning Road Trips for Families in 2016.
A New Chapter
Mary retired in December 2016, but remains active on the board. Her dedication to the museum shows no signs of waning. The new executive director, Wendi Onuki, is working to further her vision and bring fresh exhibits, programs and ideas to the museum.
Meet the Board
2019 BOARD MEETINGS
All meetings begin at 6 pm at the museum and are open to the public.