[snca-list] Durham inquiry
kcumber at library.dcr.state.nc.us
Tue Oct 4 11:26:13 EDT 2005
I have a press release about this--see below. NC ECHO is surveying Durham County in November-December of this year and hopes to get a meeting with Josh Parker and some of the others who are listed as being involved in the planning of this Durham History Museum.
DURHAM HISTORY MUSEUM STEERING COMMITTEE
REYN BOWMAN JOHN COMPTON JANE GOODRODGE BARBARA LAU JOSH PARKER
TIM PYATT BEN SPELLER MAYME WEBB
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10 May 2005
DURHAM- Proponents of a History Museum in Durham moved one step closer to
realizing a goal of many Durham citizens today by asking the Durham City
Council and Durham County Commissioners for their help in paying for a
Museum Planning Document and Market Analysis.
A Durham History Museum has been an important topic of conversation in the
Durham community for as long as many people can remember, but has had
little direction. Since the mid-1990's a history museum has been a highly
ranked need on the priority list for cultural amenities in Durham. The
recently completed Cultural Master Plan makes a Durham History Museum the
number one priority for cultural facilities.
The Historic Preservation Society of Durham formed the History Museum
Steering Committee in November of 2004 to begin the process of establishing
a history museum/center in Durham. The Steering Committee began
interviewing industry experts and community leaders in an effort to open
the dialogue around the history museum. After several months of research
the Steering Committee decided that the best course of action was to seek a
museum professional to lead an open community process that will determine
just what the history museum will be.
"We know that we want our area Universities will want to play a major role
in the development and operation of a history museum so that the important
legacy of Durham can be shared and studied in a scholarly setting," said
Barbara Lau, Community Programs Director for the Center for Documentary
Studies at Duke University, "and we know that the community will want to
participate in shaping and developing the museum as an important cultural
The Steering Committee asked the Joint City/County Committee for a
commitment of $80,000 and indicated they will work to raise additional
funds privately. "This type of investment up front is imperative to do a
project of this magnitude right and we want to do it right by engaging many
members of the community; it is really a strong investment for a
community," said Reyn Bowman, a committee member and President of the
Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Money for projects like this has
already been set aside through state legislation and funded by a special
tax on overnight visitors to Durham.
The Steering Committee hopes to receive a commitment of funds and move
forward with an RFP process to select the best service at the best value
for Durham's citizens. "We really want to get moving on this process", said
Ben Speller who serves on the committee representing NCCU and Hayti, "this
community has talked about it for a long time and we really need to see
some action before too many of our historical treasures are lost."
The History Museum Steering Committee will be conducting community meetings
to seek feedback in the coming months and dates will be released soon.
Anyone seeking more information is urged to contact the Historic
Preservation Society at 919.682.3036
For More Information:
Josh Parker John Compton
Convener Executive Director
Durham History Museum Steering Committee Historic Preservation
josh at parker.nextelbroadband.net
Kim Andersen Cumber
North Carolina ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online)
State Library of North Carolina
Raleigh, NC 27699-4640
kcumber at library.dcr.state.nc.us
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[mailto:snca-list-bounces at rtpnet.org]On Behalf Of Elizabeth Arnold Hull
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 10:38 AM
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Subject: [snca-list] Durham inquiry
I posted this inquiry to the NC Museums Council listserv and have received
no response, so I thought I'd try you guys. It seems like I heard somewhere
that plans were underway for a Durham city history museum and/or historical
society of some type. Does anyone know if that's the case, and if so, how I
can find out more about it?
Elizabeth Arnold Hull
Forest History Society
701 William Vickers Ave.
Durham, NC 27701-3162
elizabeth.hull at duke.edu
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