Mammoth Cave to showcase artifacts

Mammoth Cave to showcase artifacts

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:00 pm

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK, Ky. (AP) — A project at Mammoth Cave National Park will allow visitors to see some of the thousands of artifacts that the park has curated.
Park Superintendent Pat Reed says work on a 4,400-square-foot exhibit space is more than 75 percent complete.
The project is the second phase of upgrades to the park’s visitors’ center, according to the Daily News of Bowling Green (http://bit.ly/xGpKOy ).
Officials say the exhibit space should take a couple of months to complete, then exhibits will be installed a few months after that.
“This is really going to broaden people’s understanding of how the cave was formed and how the cave is affected by what goes on around it,” said park spokeswoman Vickie Carson.
The space will feature faux stone cave walls, a tunnel to crawl through, photographs of the cave valley, a mural of the ancient sea in the cave and other displays.
Another feature will be a live feed from a bat nursery on park property. Over the years, an old concrete silo building has become home to bats that birth and rear their young there. Reed said there will be a two-month window soon in which engineers can enter the facility to install cameras and wiring.
The new space also will offer rotating exhibits that will be used primarily for objects that have been donated to the park or are part of its early touring history.
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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com
Published in The Messenger 1.18.12

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