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About the Virtual Collection

The purpose of the Sioux City Public Museum Virtual Collections website is to provide a fun, innovative, and accessible means for both locals and visitors to enjoy various items in the Museum's collection. The Virtual Collections include artifacts from our public gallery floor and from collections in storage, so even those who have visited our Museum before can discover something new! There are a variety of types of artifacts, from three-dimensional objects to archival materials and photographs. For more information about any of these objects or Sioux City history, please visit the Sioux City Public Museum, the Museum Research Center, the Museum's website,, or our affiliated website,


Thank you and we sincerely hope you enjoy the Virtual Collections!

This Virtual Collections Website has been made possible by the generous support of the Gilchrist Foundation.

The Gilchrist Foundation was established by Jocelyn Gilchrist in December 1998 to honor her family and further their interests. The first grants were made anonymously at the founder’s request, but after Ms. Gilchrist’s death in 2008, the name of the Foundation was used. The Foundation makes gifts to pre-selected charitable organizations that further its mission:

The mission of the Gilchrist Foundation is to further the philanthropy of its founder and her family. The family had varied interests that embraced wildlife and conservation, the arts and public broadcasting, and disaster relief. The emphasis is on fostering the long-term viability of the charity and enabling special projects rather than supplying current operating funds. The Foundation provides incentives and funds to pre-selected non-profit organizations that further these goals, with a preference for the Sioux City and Chicago areas.

Each spring several charities whose missions and interests match those of the Gilchrist Foundation are invited to submit applications for one of three types of grants: capital campaign grants, endowment grants, or special projects.

For more information on the foundation, please visit

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