New Crawford Museum gets $500,000 federal appropriation


CLEVELAND – A special federal appropriation of $500,000 for the new Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry in Cleveland has passed through Congress attached to the health, education and social appropriations bill.

The rider to assist the museum was attached by Rep. Ralph Regula, 16th district Republican Congressman from Canton.

“I am pleased to assist northeast Ohio with programs to improve education opportunities for our residents,” Regula said.

Industrial to digital. The Western Reserve Historical Society, which created the new museum, is directed at preserving, explaining, and celebrating the history and regional significance of automotive, rail, air and water transportation. By combining Industrial Age artifacts and history with Digital Age exhibits and interactive formats, Cleveland’s newest museum promises a one-of-a-kind educational educational experience.

Officially named the Frederick C. Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry at Burke Lakefront Airport, the new museum will be highly interactive in nature, containing state-of-the art technology and display techniques not possible just a few years ago.

Its exhibits will draw upon the renowned collection of automotive and aviation vehicles and artifacts from the existing Crawford Museum in University Circle.

The new museum is set to open in the summer of 2004.

For more information about the Western Reserve Historical Society, the New Crawford Museum, or any of the Society’s other sites, call 216-721-5722, or visit the society’s Web site at


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