Help create the scenes at Steamboat Era Museum
, 2015

Help create the scenes at
Steamboat Era Museum

The Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, will sponsor an open house on Saturday, March 8, from 2 to 6 p.m. Staff and volunteers are in the process of getting ready for opening day, May 1, and want community input.

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“At the moment, the museum is a mess with caution tape everywhere,” said director Barbara Brecher. “The exhibits have been dismantled, the walls are being painted and the shop is empty.”

At this point in the planning process, the walls of the museum are covered with ideas sketched out on kraft paper. Each description includes the proposed exhibit and its importance in telling the story of the Steamboat Era. The creative talent, technology, materials and installation costs for each exhibit are included in the work plans.

Public input is being sought, as the exhibit designers finalize plans and make decisions about priorities for 2014. Several naming opportunities are available to honor or memorialize loved ones. In addition, all donations on Saturday will be used exclusively for building the exhibits.

All visitors to the open house will receive a free admission pass for a return visit, after May 1. The museum will begin charging an admission fee this season of $5. Children ages 12 and younger and active military will be admitted free.

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