Deadwood Days of ’76 Museum closing temporarily
Deadwood, SD – The Days of ’76 Museum closed to the public on Sunday, Sept. 13, to make way for a new facility scheduled to open in the spring of 2011. This closing is one month earlier than the museum’s usual schedule, and is to accommodate the processing and moving of the collections to the storage facility on site. The current building is scheduled to be razed this fall, and construction of the new museum will begin in the spring of 2010.
Plans for a new museum have been underway since 2005, when conservators determined that the current building, with no climate control, was inadequate to properly preserve the museum’s collections. The new $4 million 30,000 square foot, two-story structure will be erected on the site of the current museum. The museum board launched its capital campaign with a gift from the City of Deadwood of $3,000,000 in 2006. Architects for the project are Lund & Associates, in consultation with Chamberlin Architects, specialists in museum construction. Exhibit designer is Condit Exhibits out of Denver.
Sunday, Sept. 13 was the last day the public had the opportunity to see the Days of ’76 Museum as it has looked since the early 1990s, when Don Clowser installed his important collection of American Indian and Old West pioneer art and artifacts in the building himself. The public is invited to visit the website at http://www.daysof76museum.com to track the progress, and attend the opening of the new museum in 2011. The new facility will be a resource for both residents and visitors to the community, and the museum welcomes input and participation as the construction gets underway and operations of the new facility develop.
The Days of ’76 campground will keep its original schedule and remain open through mid-October. It is expected that, while the museum itself will be closed until reopening in 2011, the campground will remain open seasonally.
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