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Naper Settlement brings together historically important buildings and their stories, connecting visitors to Naperville's heritage and beyond. The Cultivate Center will build on that foundation, providing an immersive opportunity to learn about Naperville's storied agricultural history and how it connects to the farming story of the region and nation today.
The exhibits will feature STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities that will highlight such themes as food production, planting and harvesting of crops, mechanics of simple machines, climate, weather, and natural resources, and the economic value of agriculture to communities and others.
Projected costs for the building and exhibits are $4 million, and potential funding sources include grants, corporations, foundations and individuals. A significant lead gift has been received from the Wheatland Plow Match, including the donation of The Wood Bros. thresher.
Exhibit and building construction is funding dependent.