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Maritime Museum in process of expanding

The Mathews Maritime Foundation’s Maritime Museum has outgrown its headquarters, and is expanding to use more of its available space.

Volunteers at the museum—located in the structure that formerly housed the Mathews County School Board and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices—are in the process of tearing down walls and renovating to allow for more exhibit space and to have a room to host the foundation’s annual maritime speaker series.

According to MMF spokesperson Nancy Lindgren, the museum has occupied half of the building since 2006. It was granted a lease by Mathews County last fall to occupy the other half.

"We started by re-roofing the entire building," Lindgren said. MMF volunteer Michael Swiderski donated his time and labor, while many of the materials and labor for clean-up were provided by MMF members.

Another MMF member, Jack Caldwell, is using his architectural skills in the design of the building/renovation, Lindgren said....

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