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1st of 7 exhibits revealed at GoG Visitor Center; will be open to public May 16

This is what the "People and History" exhibit will look like when it opens to the public May 16 - along with six other exhibits - in a new, 1,648-square-foot area that's still under construction at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
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       It won't be open to the public for a while, but the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center gave a recent media “sneak peek” at the first completed space in its new, 1,648-square-foot exhibit area.
       Featuring graphic, tactile displays with information about the buffalo and early humans who lived in the Garden of the Gods area, “People and History” is one of seven new exhibits.
       The titles of the other exhibits - which are still under construction - have not been announced yet, but Visitor Center Manager Linda Carter said a few of the topics are flora, fauna, geology and dinosaurs.
       “The schoolchildren are going to love it,” she commented.
       Free and open to the public,
This "Buffalo Parts" display is part of the "People and History" exhibit that's shown in the photo above.
Westside Pioneer photo
the Visitor Center is at 1850 N. 30th St.
       The exhibit area is being created in an addition that was constructed at the northeast corner of the building's upper level over the past year. The project is part of an overall building renovation that started in early 2014.
       All the exhibits are scheduled to be unveiled simultaneously at a May 16 grand opening celebrating the facility's 20-year anniversary, Carter said. The renovation is also still in progress, but the work that remains is walled off from the public and the center remains open daily.
       The exhibits are being designed and developed by Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design, based in Austin, Texas. Bernhard “is a writer/producer/consultant/subject matter specialist for science and nature exhibits in museums around the world,” a press release states.
       The nonprofit Garden of the Gods Foundation owns and operates the center in cooperation with the city and numerous volunteers. A percentage of its gift-shop sales are donated to the upkeep of the park.
       The facility was originally built by area businesswoman/philanthropist Lyda Hill.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 3/1/15; Outdoors: Garden of the Gods)

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