Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012-01-29 "Cleanup at Vallejo museum isn't history yet" by Lanz Christian Bañes from "Vallejo Times Herald"
Anyone needing a potty break at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum will be in for a pleasant surprise.
Thanks to the work of 40 volunteers, the museum again got some much-needed renovations done -- including the painting of the bathrooms.
"We've had so many people," said Jim Kern, the museum's executive director on Saturday as he simultaneously helped clean up tools and prepare a piano recital in the former City Hall on Marin Street.
Saturday marked the fourth time volunteers from Rebuilding Together Solano County worked on the museum. The building was originally chosen by the nonprofit group for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day work project.
But due to the sheer size of the building -- 26,000 square feet -- much was left to be done at the museum after the two Martin Luther King Jr. workdays last week.
"There are parts of the museum that we haven't gotten to," said Elizabeth Hoffman, executive director of Rebuilding Together Solano County.
Hopefully, the organization will return yet again in February or March, thanks to funding provided by Umpqua Bank, she said.
Kern said he was tremendously pleased by the renovations.
"It was worth it just for the publicity," Kern said, noting how people who had never been in the museum were now able to see the hidden historical treasures in the basement.
The museum is the 12th community building rehabilitated by Rebuilding Together Solano County.
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