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Archer Historical Society president hopes to reopen the museum after multiyear closure

Between the Civil War and the Vietnam War, the city of Archer was a railroad town. It was home to several passenger and freight depots of the late 19th century and into the 20th century.

Only one depot remains, and that is now home to the Archer Historical Society Museum.

The museum has remained closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During these past two years, the museum staff has spent over $7,000 to fix the building's roof and floor, along with some painting. The renovations to the structure at 16994 SW 134th Ave. in Archer aren't yet complete.

The president of the museum, Linda McMahon, oversaw the renovation.

McMahon is now eyeing the future, especially with the art festival that the city is hosting March 12. This is one of the few events the town holds to raise funds for the museum. She hopes that the museum can raise at least $1,000 during the event.

One of the members of the museum, Ann Green, has been a part of the museum since it first opened in 1977. She hopes to see it reopen to the public.

The museum will continue to be closed to the general public until March 12. The group hopes to eventually raise $25,000 to add a handicap ramp to finish the flooring in the museum's warehouse, a building home to numerous artifacts, and add a handicap ramp.

Reagan is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing