USS Kidd embarks on fundraising effort
BATON ROUGE- Struggling to stay afloat financially, the USS Kidd has embarked on a fundraising effort selling what officials describe as "unique war bonds" to the public.
Executive Director Alex Juan says the Louisiana Naval War Memorial, which includes the World War II-era destroyer ship USS Kidd, is at no risk of closing. She says the funds are needed to address some overdue maintenance issues and to fund recently added programs that have increased foot traffic.
The fundraising drive comes after the museum's finances were questioned last year by auditors, who said it owed the state $334,000 for unpaid insurance premiums.
Juan, who has been director since 2013, said it costs about $60,000 a month to operate the museum, which hosts lectures and other public events.