The Museum of Durham History signed the lease for Durham’s former bus transfer station this past April, and since that time has received facility-focused grants totaling $90,145. Those funds, along with private donations, city and county government operations support and revenues from the museum’s growing membership program, provide enough financial support to plan an October grand opening.
“It’s been gratifying to see the breadth of support the Museum has inspired,” Executive Director Katie Spencer said in a press release. “Our online Story Booth campaign raised $8,000, for instance, and in-kind donations of expertise, materials and labor equate to tens of thousands more. It’s clear this museum is something the community wants.”
GlaxoSmithKline and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation were early supporters of the History Hub’s Resource Center, and, in recent months, the museum has received funds from: Duke Medicine, PNC Foundation, Duke University, SunTrust, Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation, Durham City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Duke Energy Foundation and the Fox Family Foundation.
Upfit on the History Hub is nearing completion, and the staff’s focus is shifting to exhibit design and fabrication. There’s some educational programming planned for this spring and summer, plus four more pop-up museums. Katie says they've got their fingers crossed for an October opening.