Plans for the National Hurricane Museum & Science Center, to be located on the city’s lakefront, include a center for understanding hurricanes and wetlands and investigating their scientific and ecological impact. (Special to the American Press
Last Modified: Thursday, May 08, 2014 11:33 AM
The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana on Wednesday donated $75,000 to the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center’s education initiative focusing on weather, water and wetlands.
Sara Judson, president and CEO of the foundation, said the money comes from a fund for the future of the Gulf.
“It seems very appropriate that it would be dedicated to having people all over the country learn more about hurricanes to protect ourselves for the future,” Judson said.
“All of us in Southwest Louisiana have been impacted more than once by hurricanes.”
The mission of the Community Foundation is to connect human and financial resources to effect permanent and positive culture change.
“The education initiative is a very exciting component of what we’re doing,” said Gray Stream, NHMSC board chairman. “Hopefully, the education component will help save lives and property.”
The donation matches the earmarked $75,000 given by Pinnacle Entertainment in 2012.
On the capital side, efforts to raise funds for the $70 million museum have reached about $14 million in dedicated funds, Stream said. In addition, there is $28 million in priority 5 capital outlay funding. Priority 5 projects can get non-cash lines of credit or eventually be moved to a higher priority.
“All that is going to have to be basically sewn up with some major leads that we’re working on,” Stream said. “We’ll know within a year on the capital side if those major leads come together.”
The NHMSC aspires to be a national educational hub using severe weather and coastal restoration and protection as powerful motivational themes to teach math and science, according to its website.
The museum expects to attract 220,000 visitors per year with a $63 million total annual economic impact to the region.
Posted By: Andrew On: 5/22/2014
Title: Why no grants?
Why haven't I seen any money from federal grants for this project? All I see are private donations. And why would it cost that much to build?
Greg, "learn a better education" - Wow your point might be more effective if you used correct grammar.
Posted By: Steve On: 5/11/2014
I hope this doesn't go the way of the Oil and Gas Museum we all pitched in for in Jennings. Big Rosie BBQ's and in the end all the money gathered barely covered the expense of paying the outrageous cost of paying those that were involved in the scheme. Oh yeah, noone's ever raised those allegations, and I have wondered why........I guess the payoff went as far as to line the pockets of the local judicial system as well.
Posted By: GREG SCHULTZ On: 5/8/2014
Title: NO WAY, JOSE'..!!!
Thats right, NO WAY, am i in favor, of having a super large hurricane museum, in and or at our lake front. thats one of the dumbest ideas that i've heard of in the past years. why? because i sure don't think that we should celebrate a violent act of nature, with a museum. Hurricanes are bad, we know that. so...we'll have to live with that fact, but, lets NOT make a museum/monument to it.!!
And, museums are NOT money-makers, in small cities. so, it will be a moneyLoser. and Louisiana does not need to lose any more money.!! Louisiana and the people of lake charles...needs to make more money, and learn a better education for all of its citizens. We don't need a large lakefront reminder, of how bad it can be to live here, in the hurricane season.!! Education and jobs is what this city needs. desperately.!!