Museum breaks ground on the South Coast

Museum breaks ground on the South Coast

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Crews have officially broken ground on a new museum in Coos Bay.

Construction for the new Coos Historical and Maritime Museum has begun down on the waterfront, and organizers say they are very excited to bring the past of Oregon's south coast to future generations.

Vicki Wiese said they have been working on getting the project going for a long time. "We are so excited about this," she said. "It's been a long time coming, we've been working on fundraising for quite some time.”

It's been more than a decade of planning for the new center. "It's more space for exhibits, more space for storage and the biggest part, what we're most excited for, is the community hall," said Wiese.

Steve Greif is with the Coos County Historical Society, and he says it's all about education. "We'll now have a wonderful auditorium that will allow speakers and demonstrations," he said. "We'll be able to do our mission of educating the youth in our area about local history in a much better environment."

Organizers say the new museum will be a place to bring the past to life.

"We hope to become a real regional center for our visitors and for our local people," said Greif.

The 11,000 square foot center is expected to open in the Fall of 2014.