Pleasant Lake History Museum building for the future

Members of the Pleasant Lake Historical Society and Steuben County Community Foundation President and CEO, Jennifer Danic pose for a photo after Museum officials started an endowment with the Foundation. Pictured are Kay Walker, from left, Bob Irwin, Barb Penick, Danic, Carolyn Powers, Elten Powers and Kyle Leslie.

ANGOLA — Board members of the Pleasant Lake Historical Society gathered at Steuben County Community Foundation on Thursday to mark the start of an endowment fund for the Pleasant Lake History Museum.

“Creating an endowment is an important strategy to set aside funds for the future,” said Elten Powers, president of the Pleasant Lake Historical Society.

Through a community effort of generous donations and hours of manual labor, the Pleasant Lake History Museum officially opened in August 2022. The museum spotlights individuals, organizations, places and industries of the Pleasant Lake Community.

“A nonprofit with an endowment sends a signal to the community and donors that the organization is thinking long-term and building assets for its future sustainability,” said Jennifer Danic, president and CEO of the Steuben County Community Foundation. “SSCF is proud to welcome the Pleasant Lake History Museum to its pool of charitable funds.”

To support the Pleasant Lake History Museum, make checks payable to Steuben County Community Foundation, RE: Pleasant Lake History Museum, or visit online at

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