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Pump house, empty chair art exhibits discussed

Old structure could have roof repairs by next month

Posted: September 4, 2013 - 7:43pm  |  Updated: September 5, 2013 - 12:16am

A plan to design a city museum exhibit in conjunction with restoration work on the Treadwell Saltwater Pump House at Sandy Beach cleared its first hurdle Wednesday.

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee gave its go ahead for moving forward with idea of an exhibit that will likely center on artwork that has been created featuring the iconic pump house.

As part of the total restoration effort, a roof on the structure should be ready by the end of the month, the committee was told.

Work is also underway on the Empty Chair Memorial in Capital School Park which will pay tribute to the school’s Class of 1942 Valedictorian who was interned during World War II, as well as the larger affected community.

The museum is also working on an correlated exhibit with art that is hoped to be open by May of 2014. The park exhibit is expected to be completed in July of the same year.

The committee also discussed an effort to install panels on the Brotherhood Bridge paying homage to the history of bridges built at the location.

Potential grant applications to digitize old cemetery maps and museum photos were also discussed, though further action on those is likely at future meetings.

Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

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