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Fundraising for Falls Project

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CLARKSVILLE, IN. (WDRB) -- The Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center in Southern Indiana wants to raise millions of dollars by the end of this year to make some major changes in its exhibits.

The Falls of the Ohio itself, has been around for 400 million years or so. The interpretive center isn't quite that old.  Opened in 1994 and still looking good on the outside, its supporters say it is need of an update inside.

"The typical life span of a museum display is five to ten years and we are on the high side of that," says Dani Cummins of the Falls of the Ohio Foundation, which is in charge of raising the money.

The center's mission is to explain how the falls formed and its impact on the region.  The interpretive center plans to change from more static displays to ones that are more interactive.

So far the foundation has raised $3.8 million. It hopes to reach its goal of $5.5 million by the end of this year.  It is still seeking donations.

"It is always a challenge," says Cummins, "but a lot of foundations and corporations have stepped up and made donations."

The center hopes to attract more visitors when the new exhibits are finished.  Once the re-construction begins next year, the center will have to close for at least six months during 2014.

The new exhibits are expected to be ready by the spring of 2015.

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