Museum starts fund-raising drive

Press Release - August 12, 1997 -

The Ambergris Historical Society now has a target sum to raise in order to complete the final phase of preparation for opening a museum in San Pedro. Back in May a senior designer from Southwest Museum Services in Houston visited the island through the courtesy of TACA International, and was briefed about the Society's plans. Several meetings were held with representatives from the Dept. of Archeology, Ambergris Museum staff, and members of the Board of Directors. After gaining a broad insight into the story to be presented in this museum, South Museum Services have now submitted a design which created the most imaginative local museum in Central America. The cost to realize the design is around $95,000 Bze.

The Historical Society is preparing to rise to the challenge of raising this large sum, and will launch a Friends of the Museum program for individuals and business at the Sea & Air Festival. A substantial offer of support has already been received from the Belize Tourist Board. James Brodie & Co. has generously donated a microwave oven which will be the prize in a special competition also being run by the Society at their booth at the Sea & Air Festival. Peter Laws, the Society's volunteer curator, said, "It won't be easy to raise this amount of money but we feel we ought to give it a try as the results would be very exciting. Visitors to our booth at the Festival will get a chance to see the proposed design for themselves, and share in our excitement!"

Meanwhile, the Historical Society shares the concern reported in the San Pedro Sun about the threat posed to the Maya ruins at Santa Cruz by property developers. The Society wrote to the Department of Archæology expressing concern about the future of the site some six months ago. The Society is now lobbying for the area to be designated an archæological reserve which would protect it from otherwise almost certain destruction.

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