Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Exciting updates, renovation at Quayle Center

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center is in the midst of conducting exciting major updates and renovations to its facility, including its exhibit galleries and exterior windows.

“A crew from Felderman Design Build will be here all week renovating, repairing and replacing all of our exterior windows,” said executive director, Daniel Johns. “This was something that has needed to be done for a very long time.”

The window renovations, valued at approximately $10,000, were the in-kind donation of Felderman Design Build as their donation to the Center’s Efforts for Education Annual Campaign.

The old window frames had deteriorated badly, and there were multiple panes broken and cracked. However, the windows are not the only thing being updated at the Quayle Center. The exhibit galleries have been updated with new materials brought out from the collections storage and put on display. The displays also feature brand new informational signage which were underwritten by a Hiner Family Fund grant through the Huntington County Community Foundation. The new signage helps solve another long-time need.

“We had just received a grant at the end of 2019 to replace our informational signage. We had wanted to make all the signs much larger to assist visitors in reading them more easily,” said Johns. “When the COVID-19 crisis came, it cancelled our spring school tours and shut down the Center to the public for a couple of months. I decided to utilize that time to not only replace the signs, but also fully update the exhibits. This included the exhibit galleries, our large item display cases, our admissions area and our front foyer.”

As part of the exhibit updates, the Center now has a designated area which will feature changing exhibits and themes. The early plan is to host two to three different exhibits in this area per year. The Center is seeking a named underwriter for these exhibits and area. The first exhibit for this area is expected in fall of 2020.

The Center will also be updating its heating and cooling systems, landscaping and resealing its parking area in the upcoming months. The Center will be beginning its 2020 Efforts for Education annual fundraising campaign in July. Assistance for future projects in addition to annual funding is appreciated.

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center’s hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the general public. Educational, outreach and adult group programs may be scheduled, as always, for Mondays through Fridays. Groups constitute ten or more people for a prescheduled formal program. The Center’s primary audiences are school children through visiting school tour groups and educational outreach programs. The Center serves thousands of school children throughout Indiana annually. The Center also frequently provides programs for visiting adult and senior groups.

For more information, contact the Center at (260) 356-6356 or via email at info@historyeducates.org. The Learning Center is a destination for visitors from around the country, as well as the world, to learn more about the history of the vice presidency and those who have served in the office. The Center provides educational programming for schoolchildren throughout Indiana. Twelve educational programs are offered for students in second grade through high school. Each program is unique, covering topics ranging from the history of the vice presidency to the workings of state and federal government. The Center’s activities may be followed via its website, www.historyeducates.org or becoming a Facebook fan https://www.facebook.com/The-Quayle-Vice-Presidential-Learning-Center-122526231106314.