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Old Rugged Cross museum faces closure due to low revenue


September 6, 2020

REED CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan museum that pays homage to the "The Old Rugged Cross" Christian hymn is facing closure due to low revenue, a local official said.

The venue has been operating on no more than $4,000 in donations each year, Reed City Councilmember Nate Bailey told The Detroit News. Revenue has been so low that the nonprofit that runs it has asked the city to waive the building's $200 monthly rent.

The Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum is dedicated to the Rev. George Bennard, who composed the hymn more than a century ago. The museum followed a memorial cross erected in 19...

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