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202 E Main St, Fennville, MI 49408, USA

©2019 by Forever Curious Children's Museum

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Our History

The Beginning

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

Katie Giovannucci

President

Katie Giovannucci is the lead event coordinator at Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens in Fennnville, where she manages event staff, vendors and space setup for special events of all sizes. She also serves as a substitute teacher at area schools. She has been on the board since 2013.

Dr. Amanda Hodge

Vice President

Dr. Amanda Hodge is an optometry specialist in Allegan. She has more than seven years of diverse experiences and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in medical group Allegan Eyecare.

Jessica Gray

Director

After a stint overseas, Jessica Gray moved back to the area several years ago and has since been very active in the community through volunteering with the museum, local library and schools. She previously served on the board of directors for the nonprofit Al-Van Humane Society and worked at the nonprofit Youth Development Co, both located in South Haven.  She joined the board in 2016.

Kara Purcell

Director

Kara Purcell serves as operations and training supervisor for Youth Solutions at the nonprofit Kinexus in Benton Harbor. She previous served as a curriculum editor and science teacher. She joined the board in 2017.

Dana Phillips

Director

Dana is the owner of Dana Phillips Photography and a former FCCM staff member. She joined the board in 2017.

Wendi Onuki

Executive Director

Wendi Onuki previously worked as an English-as-a-second-language instructor in Japan and has a background in journalism. She has a passion for nonprofit work and community service, and presently volunteers in several capacities, including as a foster for Al-Van Humane Society and on the South Haven City Parks Commission. She also maintains the Southwest Michigan Kids website. She has served as executive director of the museum since 2015. 

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2019 BOARD MEETINGS

January 24
March 28
May 23
July 25
September 26
November 28

All meetings begin at 6 pm at the museum and are open to the public.