Finishing touches

Historical society makes final preparations for opening transportation museum


Architect Karen Beasley, right, discusses the new transportation museum of the Logan County History Center with other members of the Logan County Historical Society on Thursday evening. While the space has not yet been filled with artifacts, large canvas photographs have been hung on the walls as the board prepares for grand opening ceremonies at the end of April. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

There is still considerable work to be done, but staff and volunteers are confident they can have the transportation museum at the Logan County History Center ready for the gala grand opening ceremonies they have planned for the end of April.

“We’re a little behind schedule and that’s causing some sleepless nights, but we are counting on it happening,” Logan County Historical Society past president David Wagner said prior to the Thursday night board meeting.

Construction on the museum, which was funded by a $2.4 million grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation and $600,000 in private contributions, is essentially complete after being delayed somewhat by this winter’s harsher-than-normal conditions and minor details relating to the curvature of the circular building, architect Karen Beasley and curator Todd McCormick said.

But, with the exception of a few large wall hangings, the space remains empty.

“Inside, it’s mainly just touch-up work, and inspections will (continue) next week,” Mr. McCormick said during a brief tour of the facility. “We were given the go ahead to start moving in. We can start with the books on the second floor while they finish up down here.”



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