Ground broken Tuesday on G.I. Museum expansion

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 08, 2013 - 01:36 PM

Photo: Ground was broken Tuesday morning on an expansion project for the Gwynn’s Island Museum. Shown at the ceremony are, front row from left, contractor Dave Woolard, Carol Sharp, Art Dubey, Bob Tanner, museum curator Jean Tanner, Pat Kurovics, Gwynn’s Island Civic League president Tom Edwards; back row, Arleen Stone, Gene Jarvis, Cricket Call, Sandy Mikulecky, Sandra Forrest and Marcy Benouameur. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Ground was broken Tuesday morning on an expansion project for the Gwynn’s Island Museum. Shown at the ceremony are, front row from left, contractor Dave Woolard, Carol Sharp, Art Dubey, Bob Tanner, museum curator Jean Tanner, Pat Kurovics, Gwynn’s Island Civic League president Tom Edwards; back row, Arleen Stone, Gene Jarvis, Cricket Call, Sandy Mikulecky, Sandra Forrest and Marcy Benouameur. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

After nearly a decade of planning, fundraising and saving, ground was broken Tuesday morning on a 900-square-foot addition to the Gwynn’s Island Museum.

Gwynn’s Island Civic League president Tom Edwards said the project has been an example of the "wonderful, charitable" residents of Gwynn’s Island and Mathews County.

The expansion, which will include more room for exhibit space and 120 square feet of office space, is set to be completed later this summer, with a price tag of just under $70,000.

"I firmly believe the Gwynn’s Island Museum is a treasure of Virginia," Edwards said. "I’m proud to be associated with the community’s work."

The idea of expansion began under the tenure of past Gwynn’s Island Civic League president Art Dubey. Knowing the need for expansion, Dubey spoke with Roz and John Nygren, who donated the property behind the museum needed for its expansion. "We would have been unable to expand without it," Dubey said Tuesday.