- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Officials expect as many as 1,500 people to visit the newly remodeled Nebraska museum on Sunday, when the building’s rededication will be held.

The Leo B. Stuhr building’s renovation, including improvements to heating and air conditioning, took 18 months and cost more than $7 million, The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/1TCTWbx ) reported.

A wooden wagon is the only artifact on the building’s top floor that visitors will find familiar when the remodeled building reopens. New exhibits on the second floor are a wooden windmill and a gun collection. Museum Executive Director Joe Black said staff decided to focus on different stories and artifacts because it would have been a disservice for the museum “to tell the same stories over and over.”

The museum’s goal is to try and tell as many of Hall County’s stories as possible because “we want to learn from history,” Black said.

Some of the remodeling work includes glass covers atop the four pools on the main floor, giving the museum a more clean look than the pickets that previously surrounded the pools, Black said.

A gift shop has been expanded and a children’s gallery has been moved from the second floor to the main level.

Executive director Kevin Hendrix of the Stuhr Museum Foundation said that donations from people around the country helped fund the building’s renovation.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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