Finally, the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan is getting some improvements.

When I was a kid my family would always take short weekend road trips to visit unique sites in small Illinois or Wisconsin towns.

Through the years, I saw a lot of cool things.

One of our adventures was to Dixon, Illinois to check out the childhood home of former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.

Like many historical landmarks without a lot of funding, it needed some serious work done to it. In fact, the Reagan Family was in bad shape.

There is good news.

According to rockrivertimes.com,

"A couple of years ago, Ronald Reagan’s first boyhood home in Dixon was, as The Washington Post put it, “falling apart.” Today, things are looking much better. But the museum’s director says there’s still more to be done."

When the house was going to be turned into an attraction, they designed it as close to the original look as possible with the help of the Reagan family.

There have been visitors from all fifty states and twenty-seven different countries.

Unfortunately, the support and money dried up. The building began to fall apart.

A new director was brought in to make changes. They immediately got a line of credit from a local bank to start making renovations.

There is now a new board in place too. Fundraising has started and they are in the process of paying back the loan.

Though many changes have been made, there's still work to be done but things are moving in the right direction.

Once again, this landmark is something our state can be proud of.


 

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