At long last, the Museum of Durham History has a place to hang its hat. And the location is almost too perfect.
Located at the former bus station at 500 W. Main St., the "History Hub" is still a work in progress as museum officials await more donations.
But securing the space is a huge step for the museum, which up until now has mostly existed in cyberspace and in the minds of committed staff and board members.
The idea, says interim director Tom Krakauer, is for the hub to be a starting point for Durham visitors, offering both facts and perspective on downtown's past and a launching point to explore our city's present.
It's ideally situated for that, standing almost perfectly equidistant between Brightleaf and City Hall with a 360-degree view of the heart of downtown. And, fittingly, the railway runs right alongside the building, a nod to Durham's origin as a modest railroad depot.
For now the museum only has a few information banners set up while the space continues to be refurbished.
Tom says the museum needs to raise about $150,000 to get the site fully operational with interactive exhibits, including a place for longtime Durhamites to record their own memories of the city and a kids' learning and play area. It also will play host to local events of all kinds, including several planned gatherings for residents to bring in Durham historic artifacts and memorabilia.
Eventually the museum will want a larger space for more intricate exhibits, but the hub will remain as an ambassador.
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