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Supporters get museum ‘sneak preview’

History and the future mixed on Saturday with a “sneak preview” open house at the remodeled History Museum of Hood River County. About 100 donors and supporters attended the catered event and saw the transformed interior of the museum, which is scheduled for a “soft” reopening in October.

“Tonight we celebrate something we have been working on for five years,” said Museum Coordinator Connie Nice.

The History Museum closed in the fall and has been gutted and totally redone. The museum continues its ongoing capital campaign to fully equip the revamped facility, located on Portway Avenue next to the Hood River marina.

Visitors Saturday saw the expanded entry and lobby, and unified interior with its cohesive connection of gallery rooms. The former courtyard at the center of the building is now the central exhibit area. Overhead is the mezzanine, connecting offices and study areas, and the skylight.

They included architect Robert Oringdulph of Portland and Hood River’s Phil Jensen, who Nice introduced as “the original instigator, who told us, ‘I have a dream, and a little extra money, and let’s make something wonderful happen.’”

“You are all great supporters; not just with your donations, but as contributors of your love of this museum and your love of history. This is just the beginning,” Nice said Saturday.

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