Dear Friends of the Museum:
I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the Museum of the Red River as we enter our third year of construction. Many of you have anxiously awaited its completion.
At first, we planned to be under construction for about a year. However, the project quickly expanded beyond its original goals. This, combined with supply-related delays, pushed our target date back several months. Our reopening date was moved again after Hurricane Harvey affected several of our suppliers. Recently, unseasonably rainy weather, combined with a strong flu season, delayed critical parts of construction. A new supply-related delay will set us back an additional 8 to 12 weeks.
Each change or delay in construction adds up—especially in a complex project like ours. One “foul up” often affects several other parts of construction and can cause new scheduling issues. Delays also increase our overall costs. Our architects, Newcomb and Associates, AE and general contractor Routh Construction are mitigating some of these and I am extremely grateful. I’d also like to thank the Herron Foundation and the Idabel Museum Society, Inc., who have committed additional resources to this project when needed the most.
Special thanks to Vickie Smith who, in addition to working as the Museum’s business manager, is serving as its construction manager. Her level-headedness has made this project go smoother than it might. The entire Museum staff is infinitely patient and supportive; I appreciate the extraordinary contributions they make every day. Finally, thanks to the community, especially those who have become “good friends of the Museum” and are generously providing resources to the Building Fund.
So, when will the Museum “reopen”? The majority of its public spaces are already open. The Acrocanthosaurus Gallery and the Learning Center will reopen this summer. Construction will be completed this fall. In the meantime, follow the Museum of the Red River on Facebook or Instagram (@motrr.idabel) for the latest updates.
Once again, thank you for your support and patience. It is a privilege to be part of such a supportive community.
Henry Moy, The Quintus H. Herron Director