Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Grant will help Seaside Museum construct Lewis and Clark exhibit
By HELEN WARRINER
The Daily Astorian
SEASIDE — Lewis and Clark will soon be appearing life-size
at the Seaside Museum, thanks to a $9,000 grant from the National
The museum applied for the grant through the Service’s Challenge
Cost Share Program. The museum and historical society must match
the amount with in-kind labor and donated materials, bringing the
total for the project to $18,000, Exhibit Chairwoman Helen Gaston
The new salt works exhibit will feature life-size mannequins of
Lewis and Clark, a cairn, a “fire,” sound effects and
interpretive panels. A Native American exhibit will be located immediately
behind the salt works display, Gaston said.
Museum volunteers will receive help from Lewis and Clark researchers.
Fred and Lisa Mattfield of Long Beach, Wash., will serve as exhibit
specialists. They have worked on many displays for local museums.
“We’re redoing almost every exhibit in the museum, in
order to vacate one whole room for this,” Curator Mark Tolonen
said. “It’s very exciting. It’s always good to
be current and get something new for return visitors. There’s
also the timely nature of the whole Lewis and Clark commemoration.”
The new exhibit should be ready to go by the end of March, in time
for spring break visitors, Tolonen said.
The museum has also received other money that will enhance its educational
and operational programs. A $1,100 grant from the Juan Young Trust
will be used for the museum’s educational discovery kit program.
The hands-on educational trunks contain historical artifacts and
educational classroom materials. The three trunks have different
themes: items from Butterfield Cottage (circa 1912); leisure activities
of 100 years ago; and early schools. The Juan Young Trust supports
nonprofit organizations that promote health, welfare and education
of children under age 21 in Oregon.
In September, the museum received a $1,000 donation from U.S. Bancorp
Foundation for general operating costs. The money will aid the museum’s
day-to-day operations and ongoing programs.
Tolonen also announced that the museum is planning an 800-square-foot
addition on the north side of the building. The room will be used
for archives and will meet archival storage requirements, with proper
lights, temperature and humidity. The museum’s present archive
storage room will be used for exhibit storage and research materials.
An architect is working on the plans and Tolonen hopes to break
ground in January. Many volunteers will work together to build the
space in a “barn-raising” style. The room will be a very
simple structure, with no windows or plumbing. Total cost will be
approximately $50,000. Funds will come from the museum’s savings
fund, donations and other fund-raisers.
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