Those keeping an eye on the future home of the Pottawatomie County Museum can breath a sigh of relief.

On Thursday, Museum Director Ken Landry said the museum received a substantial donation along with additional pledges and will be able to complete the construction.

The museum will now focus its energy raising the necessary funds to furnish the building.

The Pottawatomie County Museum is being built on property to the north of the Santa Fe Depot along Minnesota Street between 9th and 10th Streets in Shawnee.

Once completed, the 12,572 square foot building will have a conference room, a full kitchen and a genealogy center. With addition room available at the new facility, the museum will be able to accept more donations.

To help build the museum, the late Paul Milburn, while serving as an executive committee member, offered a $500,000 grant for the society to match through donations.

In other museum news:

On Thursday, Landry and a group of volunteers will begin cleaning out the inside of the Santa Fe caboose on the museum grounds.

Central Disposal donated a dumpster to aid in the process.