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PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) — Prineville’s A.R. Bowman Museum on Primary Avenue has shared the heritage of Criminal County considering that it 1st opened in 1971. Now, it’s increasing further than its humble beginnings to a larger, heritage-stuffed exhibition center.
“These exhibits can fluctuate as properly. We can have the in-house displays, in which we will create an show here with the staff to offer with a particular part of Criminal County history, most very likely. We can have traveling reveals,” museum Director Sandy Cohen explained Wednesday.
Obtaining achieved their fundraising aim of $800,000 for development of the exhibition centre, Cohen explained they plan to produce a duplicate of the Belknap House, which was notably owned by the to start with true medical professional in Prineville. The exhibitions will very last about 6 to nine months prior to they are adjusted.
“This is portion of form of a ‘cultural district’ now in Prineville — it is how we envisioned it,” Cohen claimed. “We have the museum and we have the historical past centre in this article, and now we have Caboose Park future doorway, and up coming to Caboose Park will be the show heart.”
Just before the pandemic, Cohen mentioned, the museum gained about 20,000 website visitors a year, and he expects that quantity to jump by adding the rotating exhibitions, which will inspire the group to pay a visit to far more generally.
From the inception of the job, Cohen explained the Prineville community has been specially supportive.
“That tax levy has been handed with mind-boggling help just about every time it really is been on the ballot,” he mentioned. “That is really scarce.”
The fundraising campaign commenced in April, and the Historical Culture contributed an preliminary $270,000.
“That is the price of the building and the renovation, it truly is an inside renovation,” Cohen said. “There is certainly also an exterior renovation.”
With the character of these displays, even so, Cohen mentioned ongoing funding will be essential to maintain up with the rotating displays.
The up coming measures contain the bidding process for the building. Although Cohen would not know the timeline just but, he appears forward to acquiring the ball rolling.