CLEVELAND, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Western Reserve Historical Society
today unveiled the completed designs for the new Frederick C. Crawford Museum
of Transportation and Industry at Burke Lakefront Airport and officially
launched the project's fundraising campaign.
The Society unveiled an architectural model of the New Crawford, which
represents a new museum concept and promises to change the way people think
about history museums. The new museum will be highly interactive in nature,
containing state-of-the art technology and display techniques not possible
just a few years ago. For unique, high-quality content, its exhibits will draw
upon the renowned collection of automotive and aviation vehicles and artifacts
from the existing Crawford Museum in University Circle.
"The museum's mission makes the design of the building all the more
important and we are very pleased to have the design completed. The task
represents a great deal of hard work and creativity on the part of our
architects, construction managers, exhibit designers, historians and
curators," said Historical Society Executive Director Richard Ehrlich. "Now
the real work begins -- raising the rest of the funds necessary to make the
New Crawford a reality," he added.
Ehrlich said the goal of the capital campaign is to raise the remaining
funds necessary to build the new museum, including state and federal funds
that have yet to be committed to the project. Already, the project's backers
have raised approximately $30 million for the new museum from supporters such
as TRW Inc., Parker Hannifin Corp. and the Reinberger and Abington foundations
and other private sources. Ehrlich said the Society is still planning to build
the museum without the use of City tax dollars.
"As it has so many times in the past, the Northeastern Ohio community
appears ready and willing to back and support a project that will enhance our
shared cultural, economic and educational environment," Ehrlich said. "We've
seen an absolutely inspirational level of support and commitment from
virtually every corner of the community, and we've really only just begun to
take the campaign to the public," Ehrlich said.
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SOURCE Western Reserve Historical Society