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Seligman to discuss plans for museum restoration

_STANFORD -- Thomas K. Seligman, director of the Stanford Museum, will give an illustrated presentation on the history of the museum and plans for its restoration at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Oak West Lounge, Tresidder Union.

The free public program, "Stanford Museum: The Past Has a Future," is sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society.

The museum has been closed since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which left cracks in walls through which daylight can be seen. Thanks to bracing of exhibits, the quake caused little damage to the permanent contents, which are now in storage.

Cost of restoring and upgrading the historic structure is pegged at $29 million. This includes rebuilding the rotundas, upgrading the heating system and adding air conditioning and new light and electrical systems. Sprinklers and security systems will be installed, and a new three-story wing added to accommodate new galleries and a museum cafe and bookshop.

If all proceeds according to schedule, the museum will reopen in 1997.



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