After taking a break from the Newsletter in February, I thought I should get back into the swing of things. There have been several developments to share with you since the first of the year.
As most of you know, Mike was out of the office, but he has returned, and we are glad he is back. We also have a new employee, Jack Cunningham. Jack is a Historical Collections Specialist that will be an excellent asset for us as we work on Collections Management. I will be taking the time to introduce him to you in the coming weeks.
I have not provided an update on the new museum project lately, but I do have news on that front. Bonds for the project will be sold this month, and the project is expected to be funded by this spring. This is excellent news and a significant milestone in the process. On the other side of the coin, beginning to break ground on the project is delayed up to 24 months while the Oklahoma County Sheriff works to relocate. While the delay can be seen as a negative, we are thankful that the property next door will be available for the new building! It is the best location for us, and we are grateful to those who worked with the county to negotiate a deal for the property. The delay also allows additional time to plan for the new exhibitions.
As we all know, projects come with delays, but a new museum building is in our future, and it is an exciting time. – Denise