Published: Jul 17, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified: Jul 17, 2012 05:09 PM
Want to help make history?
The Museum of Durham History will preview its brand new “History Hub” space to the public Friday.
The building, a combination outdoor gazebo and indoor space, is located on the site of the old bus station, at 500 W. Main St.
Although the hub’s exhibits won’t be completed for the open house, visitors will be able to see poster previews of what is to come, as well as provide their own feedback with sticky notes.
Katie Spencer, the museum’s executive director, stressed the importance of working with the community on a project like this.
“We want to introduce the space to the public as a work in progress and get feedback on the plans” Spencer said. “[We are] providing a preview of what is to come.”
The museum will be forming a community advisory board in the near future, she added.
Among the hub’s exhibits is a “Story Corner,” where visitors can record and listen to stories about the city’s history. The museum teamed up with Raleigh business Design Dimension Inc. to help bring the exhibits to life.
The total cost of the space adds up to $175,000, a sum that will be paid for with grants from a combination of local businesses, the city and county, Spencer said.
The hub’s official opening, although “funding contingent,” is scheduled for early 2013.
Additional plans for the museum include “pop-up” events, where the public will be invited to showcase their own historic artifacts and memorabilia next to the museum’s collection, Spencer said. Each event will have a theme, such as “Durham At Play,” and will be part of a larger series beginning as early as September.
“We want to bring people here, and then send them out to do their own self-directed learning,” Spencer said.
Friday’s event will also include live music from Durham bands Quiet the Voices and the Blue-Tailed Skinks, as well as the Pie Pushers food truck, Locopops and free, local craft beers.
“There’s no reason for people not to come to this event,” Spencer said, adding that visitors will receive coupons to local eateries as well as the chance to buy museum memberships at half price.
The open house runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and welcomes all ages.