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Museum Celebrates Groundbreaking | Cleveland Museum of Organic History

Task to Reinvent the Museum Commences



Reworking the Globe of Discovery cash campaign reaches $100 million milestone

Sally Sears named Chair-Elect of the Board of Administrators

Cleveland, OH—June 24, 2021—The Cleveland Museum of Purely natural Background broke floor now on its undertaking to reinvent the Museum: an growth, entire reimagining of its campus and all its reveals, and addition of new community spaces. The venture will enlarge the Museum’s making and outdoor customer regions to additional than 375,000 sq. toes. For the duration of the groundbreaking, the Museum introduced it has surpassed a $100 million fundraising milestone in its $150 million Reworking the Entire world of Discovery funds marketing campaign. At the ceremony, Sally Sears, who has been an lively Board member considering that 2014 and campaign co-chair, was named Chair-Elect of the Board of Administrators. 
“We are thrilled to split floor on the reimagining of the Museum although also celebrating reaching the $100 million milestone in our campaign, thanks to the generosity of numerous donors,” claimed Sonia Winner, the Museum’s President & CEO. “Together, we are making a new design for how normal record museums can illuminate the approaches in which we—and all living things—are connected. And, as we search forward to our shiny long run, we are so grateful to have Sally’s leadership as our new Board Chair.”
The transformation of the Museum is underpinned by a vision to advertise scientific literacy and empower individuals to be a voice for the earth in their communities.
“By putting site visitors at the heart of the encounter, our reimagined Museum will be even much more accessible and appropriate,” claimed Sears. “I have hardly ever been as psyched as I am nowadays about the Museum’s potential, and glance forward to encouraging bring our vision to actuality as Chair of the Board of Administrators.”

Jonathon Grimm, the Board’s Chair since 2015, said, “Sally embodies the Museum’s values by way of and by means of. She has focused a great number of hrs to the Museum’s success, and her authentic enthusiasm for lifelong studying will make her the perfect individual to direct the Museum into its subsequent phase.”

Sally Sears will be successful Grimm when his time period ends in September. Grimm joined the Board in 2000 and served as Chair for two terms. 

“Jon’s Board management about the very last 6 many years was so critical, giving the basis for reworking the Museum’s bodily presence and its academic mission,” stated James Hambrick, Vice Chair of the Museum’s Board of Directors. “It has been an honor to serve with and for him.”

The groundbreaking celebration highlighted remarks from Sonia Winner Jonathon Grimm Sally Sears Brian Redmond, Ph.D., the John Otis Hower Chair and Curator of Archaeology Nicole Gunter, Ph.D., Affiliate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology and Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc.


The Cleveland Museum of Organic History has been inspiring a enthusiasm for science and character in its readers for extra than 100 a long time. It ranks between the top rated 10 pure record museums in the United States in terms of endowment, measurement of collection, and attendance, and is identified for its displays, collections, research, and educational courses. Its collections encompass millions of artifacts and specimens, and research of international significance focuses on 11 organic science disciplines. The Museum conserves biological variety through the defense of much more than 11,000 acres of normal locations. It promotes science and overall health schooling as a result of area courses and distance discovering that extends throughout the globe.  


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