Consultants show off designs for Legacy of the Plains Museum

Consultants with a Colorado firm Thursday night showed off their conceptual designs for the Legacy of the Plains Museum's permanent exhibition areas during the museum members annual meeting at the Gering Civic Center.

Biff Baird and Larry Borowski with Exhibit Design Associates of Estes Park explained to the 120 people that a visitor entering the 36,000 square foot museum gallery would first go through a "preshow" area where there would be a short audiovisual presentation, and then enter the "orientation plaza."

From there seven exhibit areas that extend outward like the spokes on a wheel would allow visitors to explore themes that include irrigated and dryland farming, ranching and livestock, transportation and trails, dwellings and domestic life, commerce and trade and a gallery of artists work. Baird says the antique farm and ranch equipment that he called the "heart and soul" of the museum would be an integral part of the inter-active exhibits.

Baird told KNEB News the "pre-show" area could be ready as early as this September with the main exhibition floor possibly completed by the fall of 2015.

Baird said there has been tremendous progress made in the last year, praising volunteers and the commitment of the community, while stressing more fundraising is still needed to complete the project.

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