Wichita library campaign receives $100,000 gift

New Wichita public library artist rendering.
New Wichita public library artist rendering. GLMV Architecture

The fundraising campaign to build a new Central Library in downtown Wichita has received a $100,000 boost from former Wichitan John Hyde, library officials announced Thursday.

“The Hyde family and Wichita have had a beautiful philanthropic relationship over the years,” said Hyde, a professor emeritus of history at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and the grandson of Mentholatum inventor A.A. Hyde, in a statement issued by the library.

“To support a project that invests in the knowledge of the community and the preservation of its history seems to me a fitting place for my gift.”

The new library is planned for a site near Second and McLean and will replace the aging and technologically outdated downtown library a few blocks away.

The foundation has so far raised about $6.2 million toward its goal of $8 million in private money to augment the city’s $30 million investment in the project.

Major donations include a $3 million commitment from the Dwane and Velma Wallace Foundation, $1 million from the Naftzger Fund for Fine Arts and $500,000 from Cox Communications.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias