In 1991, it became evident that more room to house the collections was imperative. The State of Ohio had given $750,000 towards a new building so plans were formulated to either build or buy a new museum. In April 1991, the Board of Trustees purchased a former department store in the center of town called the Giltz Building. A capital campaign fund drive for funds to remodel was launched in 1992.
The museum was first accredited in 1972 by the American Association of Museums and has continued to be accredited by the AAM since that time. As of 2008, our permanent collection contains over 100,000 items, mostly gifts from the community.