The Fairview Museum of History and Art has broken ground for a building that will provide additional exhibit space.
Kendrick Brothers Construction has been awarded the contract, and its representative, Tom Kendrick, said work will begin immediately and be completed in about seven months. Ken Long is the architect for the project, which was authorized by Fairview voters at a special bond election a year ago.The new building is near the century-old elementary school, which will continue to house most of the exhibits.
One feature will be a Columbian mammoth panorama. The museum is obtaining a replica of the skeletal remains of the mammoth that was discovered in 1988 during excavation at the Huntington Reservoir.
The replica will be assembled in the building and will be the centerpiece for a display that includes vegetation, lighting, tapes and other materials dealing with the era when the mammoth may have roamed the local scene.
The building will also contain several plaster molds of Avard Fairbanks' sculptures. They have been donated to the museum by the Fairbanks family.
The building will also contain a staffed information booth, a gift shop and other display items.
The museum has become a major tourist attraction in the area, said Curly Swenson, chairman of the board of trustees. He thinks attendance will increase significantly with the addition of the new exhibits and the gift shop.