But with a renewed interest from the city and a massive capital improvement campaign on the horizon, times are changing -- and
Sutton comes from
She's already made the move from
"I really enjoyed working at USU, but this is an opportunity to be a lot more involved with the public," she said. "I'm excited to reach out and meet new people and bring new programs and exhibits to the museum."
Oddly enough for someone with a career in museums, Sutton said she found them "dusty and boring" when she visited them as a child.
"But that's not what modern museums should be," she said. "We want to change that perception and get people really engaged in history."
Sutton takes over the station at a critical juncture in its storied existence.
In cooperation with
The foundation will establish a steering committee, which will include members who have experience with historical renovation and raising funds on a large scope, to run the campaign.
The city will partner with the foundation in the early stages of the campaign, providing money for a renovation study and to help pay for the station's utility bills. The foundation is also seeking state money for ongoing operation and maintenance of the building.
The city will provide nearly
City documents show
"There are a lot of exciting things going on and it's a good time to be part of (the station)," Sutton said. "It's a tremendous, historic building that really highlights the American West and we need to showcase that."
In the immediate future, the station is in need of new wiring and piping, upgraded restrooms and a new boiler. The renovation will first tackle those items, but eventually the entire campus will be upgraded.
Beverly took over as director of the station in
"It was certainly challenging -- it's a big building and it's old and we had a small staff," she said. "But it was also one of the most wonderful experiences I ever had. When the city changed its direction, there were countless people who stepped up and came together to help us keep it open."
Beverly said she's happy to see the city become involved with the building again and thinks the capital campaign to renovate it will solidify its future.
"That building is an icon," she said. "And we need to treat it that way."
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