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

Dec 19, 2001, 00:00 ET from Western Reserve Historical Society

    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