After sifting through Beaufort's collection of artifacts, members of the volunteer Beaufort History Museum committee think they can get worthy pieces on display by the end of the year, possibly at City Hall.
But plans will come together only when financing does. There will be costs associated with restoring and maintaining artifacts and with finding a permanent home for the collection -- whether or not space is donated. It is not likely the city can afford to foot this bill, and there's an argument against it even if the city could afford it.
So this group should find grants and rustle up private donations. It might also eventually compete for accommodations tax allocations.
Much recommends funding the project. A museum is an obvious omission in a city whose tourism industry is based in large part on its history. And time is on the group's side. So long as the city can provide a place to temporarily store the collection, the committee can proceed deliberately.
Exhibits that are well-conceived and executed will enhance visitors' appreciation for Beaufort's history, as well as public regard for the Beaufort History Museum committee.