Seattle Veterans Museum supporters lose battle to save the site

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by NATALIE SWABY/ KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 11:42 PM

SEATTLE - Friday night was a sad evening for the man who has operated the Seattle Veterans Museum. After being open for ten years, a lack of funds has caused Todd Crooks to close the doors to the museum near 2nd and Union in downtown Seattle.

"It's pretty sad," said Crooks. "I got to hear some war stories, chat with some veterans, and honor them. I will miss that part."
 
Crooks, a Veteran himself, started the museum with his personal collection. Over the years donations helped it grow. Today there's artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Many of the items have a local tie to Seattle. But recently, there has not been enough money or volunteers to keep the place going. Crooks has dipped into his own savings in the past, but he said he can not do that anymore.
 
Friday night Crooks packed everything into boxes that will soon sit in storage. He is in search of someone who can reopen the museum in a new place.

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