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Excellence in Education: Saving the Telephone Museum

Excellence in Education: Saving the Telephone Museum

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Architecture students at UNL are putting their skills to the test. They're creating design concepts, as a way to save a local museum.

The Frank H. Woods Telephone Museum has been in Lincoln for more than twenty years, but to many it's a hidden gem.

"We have a marvelous collection of hundreds of vintage phone, plus a lot unique history that concerns the telephone history for Lincoln and southeast Nebraska. No other museum has what we have,"   says Diane Walkowiak, one of the museum's Board of Directors.

But this spring, the museum is losing their building to redevelopment. They'll be left with two options- move or close.

That's where UNL stepped in.

"They came to us and they said, kind of told us what was going on, and that the telephone museum was losing it's building, and they wanted us to come up with new ideas for it and kind of get the community aware of what was going on," says Megan Peterson, a junior at UNL.

So the students went to work. Not only finding a space, but designing a structure that could make the telephone musuem a Lincoln landmark.

"Kind of stake it to the community as something that's important and vital. That people aren't neccessarily taking advantage of now, but if they had a new facility, it could definitely be a landmark or staple to Lincoln," says student, Cale Miller.
Architecture professor, Guillermo Yanguez Bergantino, says the project for students is more than a rescue mission, it's an outlet to reach the museum's full potential.
"There's the Lincoln Zoo, there's the capital, theres the stadium, the arena. Oooh, and there's the telephone museum, as well."

Soon, the museum's board of directors will review the student blueprints. The directors hope the new location will double the museum space, and bring in more visitors.

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