Title

"Focus: Downeast Region" piece on the Downeast Heritage Museum, which is overhau

Authors

Chris Churchill

Source

Mainebiz

Date

8-21-2006

Pages

1, 26-27

Abstract

"Focus: Downeast Region" piece on the Downeast Heritage Museum, which is overhauling its business model after struggling to attract visitors. Since opening in 2004 at a cost of $6.6 million, the Calais museum faces $3.2 million in debt and was in danger of closing until Governor John Baldacci earmarked $300,000 from an emergency contingency fund to keep the museum running. Jim Thompson, executive director of the museum, said the initial business plan was flawed in that it had admissions fees funding all of the museum's annual operating costs. With additional comments by Jim Porter, assistant city manager in Calais and a member of the museum's board of directors; and artist Mark Wren, whose work is sold in the museum store.

Subjects

Downeast Heritage Center Calais

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