The Dorset Museum’s goal of expanding its artifact storage just got closer to reality.

That’s thanks to $57,100 in donations. Earlier this week, Matt Gaasenbeek presented a cheque from the SS Bigwin Group to museum volunteers Brian Lynch, Pat Zwaal, Kerry Lock, Laila Maguire, Gord Henderson, and Norm MacKay, as well as Lake of Bays Mayor Bob Young.

Algonquin Highlands Mayor Carol Moffatt says that although the township owns the museum it’s run by a committee that has people from Algonquin Highlands and Lake of Bays. Moffatt explained that the costs of the museum are shared by both municipalities.

According to Moffatt the fundraising campaign was started by Colin Reaney, who was also integral in the fundraising for the Health Hub in Algonquin Highlands.

The museum’s initial cheque was for $52,100, but Moffatt says that a private citizen donated another $5,000.