Ground Broken for Historical Museum

The Broken Arrow Historical Society has broken ground on a three-story, 9,000-SF museum.
The building site, at the southwest corner of El Paso and Main Streets, was donated to the group by Arkansas Valley State Bank and was originally occupied by the Kentucky Colonial Hotel.
The group’s president, Dr. Gary Gerber told an assembled audience that the Historical Society had already secured funds to erect the structure and that plans were in place to secure the additional $500,000 needed to transform the museum from “a very nice building” into a regional showplace.
The goal of the campaign, Gerber said, is to make fully functional all three stories of the building.
The plans for the museum call for a ground floor that serves as an Arts and Humanities Council and Historical Society special exhibit gallery. The space will also include a gift shop and library for the city’s historical and genealogical societies.
Plans call for a second floor designated as a main exhibit gallery and a third floor with a video-documentary theater, catering and meeting area. The top floor will also include a commercial kitchen and an outdoor terrace with a view of a plaza and the Broken Arrow Public School’s new performing arts center.
Funds for the construction are being derived from $1.5 million in bond issue monies approved by Broken Arrow voters, $200,000 from the Tulsa County Vision 2025 project and $50,000 from the city.
Also in hand is $280,000 to launch a drive for a $1.1 million endowment to ensure funds for continuing operations.

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