Lauren Rogers Museum announces $5 million capital campaign

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Lauren Rogers Museum of art is announcing a new $5 million capital campaign which will add 5,400 square feet to the 88-year-old museum.

The addition will include new gallery space, a new storage vault and an expansion of the museum's loading dock.

The campaign, called, "Framing the Future," will also add $1.5 million to the museum's endowment. Volunteers have already raised $4.25 million in gifts and pledges during a "quiet phase" of the campaign, which began 15 months ago.

"This is the first time the museum has done a capital campaign in its history," said George Bassi, museum director.

"We're excited about the added space and we're excited about the ability to exhibit more of the collection," said Bill Mullins, chairman of the capital campaign.

A groundbreaking for the new addition is scheduled for January 2012.

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