Completed Design For New Crawford Museum Unveiled As Capital Campaign Kicks Off To Fund Construction
Fundraising drive aims to build new facility without local tax dollars
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. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X51812404
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