For Immediate Release
March 1st, 2017
Janine Ledford, Project Director
Rebekah Monette, Project Manager
Makah Cultural and Research Center
Makah Cultural and Research Center receive $232,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities.
Neah Bay, WA- When the Makah Museum opened its doors in 1979, the world was introduced to Makah Culture through the exposure of artifacts excavated from Ozette Village and their thoughtful and rich interpretation by Makah Elders, whose stories and life-experiences brought both the artifacts and Makah traditions to the attention and experience of visitors from around the world. The museum has provided unparalleled learning opportunities to the public through exhibits, tours, demonstrations, and programs for nearly 38 years.
The Makah Cultural and Research Center (MCRC) is proud to announce receipt of a $232,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Program to replace the aging lighting systems within exhibit and collection areas of the Makah Museum. The project will provide improved environmental conditions that will aid artifact conservation by reducing heat and ultra violet light. The new LED system will include timers and occupancy sensors, which together will reduce energy consumption by as much as 70% in these areas. Visitors can expect visual improvements through increased light levels within the exhibit spaces.
The Makah Museum’s exhibits of pre-contact Ozette artifacts are of the highest quality and are not displayed anywhere else in the world. It is important to us to continue to serve the public as we upgrade our facilities. We will continue to stay open during the project with limited interruption in the exhibits. There will be a two-day closure on March 7th and 8th while electricians will need power to be off. Normal hours will resume on March 9, 2017. The MCRC is located in Neah Bay, WA on the Olympic Peninsula and the Makah Museum is open to the public 7 days per week from 10am – 5pm. Admission prices are $6 for Adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, children 5 years and younger are free.
The unveiling of the new website has been very exciting. Makah tribal staff have been busy preparing for the new site for months. Many staff members collaborated and maintenance of the site has changed departments. As spring brings a new season and cycle of life, we are pleased to bring you updated information and present our new website as it also begins a new cycle of life. Welcome to the site and we hope that it provides the information you need to plan your next adventure to the Makah Reservation.
Upcoming events include:
April 10th – Community Meeting for the Be?is Gathering Place
– The Planning Department will be recruiting volunteers to help with the artistic touches to the beach house shelter planned for the south end of Hobuck Beach.
– We are also looking for three carvers to contract projects for the gateway totem poles.
Later in April – Audubon Society Birding Event
– The Planning Department and Business Enterprise are putting together a birding checklist for use for the event and future visitors.
– We are also considering the construction of a bird blind along Cape Flattery Road.