The Lincoln County Historical Society recently received some very good news. It is the recipient of a $150,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Grant funds will go toward Phase II renovations at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, a founder of Tektronix, Inc. The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.
The goal of Phase II is to open all public areas on the lower floor of the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center by Fall 2016. This ambitious project has momentum: Phase II work completed and paid for includes structural upgrades, exterior renovations, cement work, new public staircase, new exhibit work area, creation of 2000 square feet of secure artifact storage, a public elevator, and restoration of the historic stone foundation.
Last August a major hurdle was cleared when the most complex and expensive part of the renovations were completed with the installation of an ADA compliant public elevator. The Historical Society is actively raising funds to bring Phase II to completion. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar with grant funds up to $120,00 from the Doerfler Family Trust. If you are interested in helping the project along by making a donation, contact Steve Wyatt at 541-265-7509.
The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that preserves and shares Lincoln County’s history. Visit the Burrows House Museum, 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport, and the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport. Burrows House admission is by donation. Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is $5 for adults, children 12 and under admitted free. Both museums are open 11 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday. www.oregoncoasthistory.org