The Tampa Bay History Center Is Closing So It Can Open
TAMPA - The Tampa Bay History Center is ready to begin writing a little history of its own. Founded almost two decades ago, the center today will close its temporary quarters at 225 S. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa so officials can concentrate on finishing a 60,000-square-foot home on parkland fronting Garrison Channel. Work began in September and should be finished by late this year. The new building will house 10 permanent exhibits covering some 500 years of recorded history and 12,000 years of human habitation. The center will open with 30,000 artifacts, including a major collection of Florida maps. Exhibits will focus on topics such as the early Spanish conquistadors and the area's cigar manufacturing industry. The nonprofit organization receives funding from a variety of sources, including $4.5 million from Hillsborough County toward the center's $52 million cost.If you want to keep an eye on the center's progress, the agency's Web site has updated pictures of construction progress taken from a camera posted at the construction site. Go to www.tampabay historycenter.org/building.html.
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