White Pine Public Museum kicks off the summer season with its new directors and new manager, Connie Odgers, under the watchful eye of Lilly, our Cave Bear. Our major goal for the year is to increase community awareness of the outstanding exhibits and historical resources available at the Museum and Historic McGill Drug Store and to increase community participation in Museum activities.
Of particular importance for the Museum and community is the development of a Strategic Plan, funded through the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership. Step #1, which lays the groundwork for the plan, is collection of information and ideas from White Pine residents and beyond using the Community Survey being advertised in the Ely Times and elsewhere. Phone 775 289-4710 for assistance.
Increased memberships, generous donations, and volunteer efforts last year enabled the Museum to add and upgrade exhibits and long awaited improvements to the facilities. Through a grant from the Tourism and Recreation Board, the Museum was able to convert its fluorescent lighting system to LEDs. Mt. Wheeler Power, Barrick Gold, and USDA Community Relations partnered in funding a 16x25x1 HVAC heating and cooling system at the Drug Store. Robinson Mine invested in the preservation and framing of the original Treasure Hill and Egan Canyon historic maps.
Come in and meet Connie Odgers at the Museum and Dan Braddock at the Drugstore. The Museum is open 12:00 to 5:00, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment by calling the Museum at 775 289-3709. With minutes notice, you can visit the Historic McGill Drug Store by calling Dan at 775 235-7082.