$25,000 grant from Brooks Resources Corporation’s philanthropic arm will help to fund the museum’s expansion project

Prineville, Oregon – The Bend Foundation, the philanthropic arm of real estate company Brooks Resources, donated $25,000 to the Bowman Museum expansion project last week at a special event in Prineville. The expansion project’s capital campaign, dubbed “Let’s Make History!”, is focused on raising enough funds to serve more visitors through new exhibits, meetings and research areas.

“My Board and I were very pleased and excited to receive such generous support for the museum expansion from Brooks Resources through The Bend Foundation,” said Gordon Gillespie, director of the museum.  “We believe our museum mission is to represent historically, and to serve, all of Central Oregon as it was all once part of Crook County.  The museum expansion space will give us room to accomplish part of that mission –  to orient new residences and visitors to our interesting and unique history.  We look forward to partnering specifically with developments like Brooks Resources’ IronHorse to accomplish that goal.”

IronHorse is a community located in Prineville which is being developed by Brooks Resources Corporation. When complete, the neighborhood will offer a variety of residential housing options, plans for a public school site, a neighborhood commercial center, and more than 250 acres of parks and open spaces. The Bend Foundation is a philanthropic organization established by Brooks-Scanlon, Inc and shareholders of Brooks-Scanlon and Brooks Resources, which supports education, arts and cultural institutions, parks and many other programs vital to the cultural heartbeat of the area.

The Bowman Museum’s “Let’s Make History!” project is focused on preserving and promoting the heritage of the Crook County region by bringing history to life for students, community members and tourists. The expansion will include new permanent exhibits, flexible space for hosting traveling exhibits, room for special classes and demonstrations, a larger research library and a climate-controlled center to preserve valuable documents and artifacts.

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