Knoxville — The Knoxville Public Library Board announced this morning that it has raised sufficient funds to purchase the former home of Iowa State Flag Designer, Dixie Cornell Gebhardt.
"We are now able to purchase the Dixie Gebhardt home," Library Board President Dave Garcia announced to a crowd of approximately 30. He thanked everyone who contributed, including the Marion County Community Foundation, which donated $15,000 and the Knoxville Heritage Community Foundation, which has pledged $45,000 over the next three years.
Knoxville residents Don and Margaret Long also made a significant donation of $100,000. They decided to make the donation in March, before fund raising for the house really began.
"We're glad to see the historic house purchased," Margaret Long said.
"We were waiting to give the committee time to raise additional funds," Don Long added. They are glad to support the community in this way.
"We are grateful for every donation, small and large," Garcia said. Many smaller donations were received.
The board has worked to raise money to purchase the home. There was a deadline of Aug. 31.
Garcia told the Journal-Express that City Manager Harold Stewart will be in contact with the home's realtor to begin the next phase. Purchase of the Gebhardt house is part of an ongoing project to expand the library.