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Exciting details for new permanent museum exhibit announced

Red Deer… Red Deer’s Museum and Art Gallery announced details about the new permanent history exhibit which is being created to open in time for the City’s Centennial celebrations in 2013.

The $1.5 million project is already in the early design stages by internationally renowned design firm, Reich + Petch of Toronto which has engaged the services of local interpretive planner, Anna Robertson. The public will be invited to see preliminary sketches in late February.

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Executive Director Lorna Johnson, says, “This exhibit will entice all ages, mixing items from the collection of the Red Deer Museum and the Red Deer and District Archives with high tech interactive centres and multi-media that make our City’s history come alive with characters, stories and artifacts from our past.”

The exhibit called The Place Between: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland will utilize more than 40 per cent of the facility space. Ten themed components will bring Red Deer’s history to life, showcasing the diverse heritage of Alberta’s third largest city.

The exhibit will open March 2013 to coincide with the City of Red Deer’s centennial and is expected to become a centerpiece for Red Deer, attracting visitors from all over the province and beyond. It also provides a starting point for discovering Red Deer and a way of building a sense of community by sharing the City’s historic roots.

A fundraising campaign, entitled “Making History” is being launched to invite members of the business community, individuals and groups to participate in making this exhibit come alive. A goal of $500,000 has been set for the campaign.

For additional information, please contact Lorna Johnson. Phone: (403)309-8439.


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