In advance of the Democratic National Convention, the Levine Museum of the New South is getting a facelift.
By the time delegates hit town this weekend, the museum on East Seventh Street should have a spruced-up exterior, the first major transformation since the building was renovated in 2000.
New graphics and window boxes around the building will give it a more contemporary look and the columns out front will be updated.
“While the emphasis is on improving our building, we want to also communicate better who we are as an institution,” said Ashley Thurmond, the Levine’s vice president of marketing. “This will offer a fresh new energy architecturally and operationally.”
Staff historian Tom Hanchett has already been repeatedly interviewed by news organizations covering the convention to get Charlotte’s backstory.
Beginning Friday, he will be offering briefings and taking members of the media on tours of the museum’s “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers” exhibit, which traces the Charlotte region’s post-Civil War history
On Tuesday and Wednesday of convention week, the museum will be closed to the public; it has been booked for convention events.
A $100,000 grant from the Kannapolis-based Cannon Foundation helped underwrite the exterior work.
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