Natural History Museum Moving to Figueiredo’s, Redwood Capital Bank Will Use NHM Building

Friday, March 1, 2013

HSU Press Release

Agreement with Redwood Capital Bank Bolsters Natural History Museum

Humboldt State University is pleased to announce that an agreement in principle has been reached with Redwood Capital Bank that will provide ongoing resources to ensure the future of the Natural History Museum as well as provide a new branch location in Arcata for the Bank.

NHM new logoUnder this agreement, Redwood Capital Bank will lease from the University the Museum’s existing space, which is located at 1315 G St.  In turn, the Museum will move across the street to the former Figueiredo’s Video building, which the Bank will give to the University.

Additionally, the Bank has agreed to provide generous financial support to assist with the Museum’s operations, as well as logistical assistance to build the Museum’s endowment. The Bank will also help promote the Museum and will host exhibits in its new lobby.

“It is important to the Bank and our Board of Directors that this partnership be a mutually beneficial collaboration for all parties involved, which includes the University, the Museum, the Bank and especially our local community,” stated John E. Dalby, President & CEO.

“I am so proud to see this partnership become a reality,” said HSU President Rollin Richmond. “Ultimately, it means that the Museum is well-positioned to continue doing what it does so well – educate our children and our entire community about the natural environment.”

The Natural History Museum opened in 1989, and offers exhibits and programs for students, educators, and the general public to learn about the natural world. In recent years, it has increased its focus on offering programs for elementary school classes, as well as on training future science teachers. Last year, more than 60 elementary school classes took part in Museum programs.

The Museum is currently funded through several grants, private donations, memberships and the University. It struggled with budget challenges in past years, even closing to the public for a short time in 2009.

“This deal provides a long-term commitment to sustain and enhance the financial foundation of the Museum as well as a significant new partnership to support the Museum’s mission,” said Jeffery White, Executive Director of HSU’s Humboldt Science and Mathematics Center, which took over administration of the Museum and re-opened it in 2010.

Garry Eagles, Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools, said he saw strong potential for enhancing the Museum’s programs. “The Museum is an important resource for our K-12 schools. This partnership offers the stability the Museum needs, and it opens up strong possibilities for the future.”

“I am so happy to see this happening,” said Phil Ricord, founder and President/CEO of Wildberries Marketplace. “The Natural History Museum is really wonderful for our community, and I have been proud to be among those who have supported it over the years.”

Renovations to both facilities, as well as the complex process of moving the Museum, are expected to be completed this summer.

More information about HSU’s Natural History Museum is atwww.humboldt.edu/natmus. For more information about Redwood Capital Bank, visit www.redwoodcapitalbank.com.

Paul Mann, News & Information, 707/826-5105

16 Responses to “Natural History Museum Moving to Figueiredo’s, Redwood Capital Bank Will Use NHM Building”

  1. Anonymous

    That's completely lame, another footnote in the downward slide of HSU. The video store is a tiny building. The end result is a lesser (much deprecated) experience for everyone who visits the museum. I guess we should be considering ourselves lucky the museum (and the Telonicher Marine Lab) never got moved to Eureka as some would have liked.

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  2. Anonymous

    That's completely lame, another footnote in the downward slide of HSU. The video store is a tiny building. The end result is a lesser (much deprecated) experience for everyone who visits the museum. I guess we should be considering ourselves lucky the museum (and the Telonicher Marine Lab) never got moved to Eureka as some would have liked.

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  3. Hmmm. I saw this coming after a "stealth visit" from John Dalby in summer of 2009. Not surprised that it didn't happen sooner. I hope that there is enough room in Figueredo's old building to make it work. Can't see how it will fit there and still be able to provide educational programs but hope it will keep the museum open as it is a much under appreciated gem of Arcata.

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  4. Hmmm. I saw this coming after a "stealth visit" from John Dalby in summer of 2009. Not surprised that it didn't happen sooner. I hope that there is enough room in Figueredo's old building to make it work. Can't see how it will fit there and still be able to provide educational programs but hope it will keep the museum open as it is a much under appreciated gem of Arcata.

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  5. P, S, let me know if you need the combination to the vault!

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  6. P.S. let me know if you need the combination to the vault!

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  7. Michelle Koury

    hahahaha theresa you crack me up!

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  8. Michelle Cook

    hahahaha theresa you crack me up!

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  9. I agree with Theresa, don't see how it will all fit in that building, and It won't be the same without the vault. Guess they will have to make the vault actually lock again.

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  10. I agree with Theresa, don't see how it will all fit in that building, and It won't be the same without the vault. Guess they will have to make the vault actually lock again.

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  11. wont be the same without the vault, but I guess it hasn't been the same for a long time

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  12. wont be the same without the vault, but I guess it hasn't been the same for a long time

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  13. Cerise Burns

    Such a shame to see such a valuable asset to the community and university shoved to the wayside. I started at the Museum at age 16 and worked there for seven years through college. With the Museum I learned incredible work ethic, communication and planning skills, how to work retail, create museum displays, design and teach education programs, fundraising skills, animal care, and more. It also inspired me to choose a natural science degree that changed my life and stills continues to inspire me to learn and educate others.
    My time and experience at the Museum opened up amazing teaching and docent opportunities at other science museums. It's a pity that this wonderful resource has long been underfunded and undervalued as it served students and teachers at HSU as well as local schools, and the community abroad and will no longer be given the space, time, and money it greatly deserves to carry out the Museum's original mission.

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  14. Cerise Burns

    Such a shame to see such a valuable asset to the community and university shoved to the wayside. I started at the Museum at age 16 and worked there for seven years through college. With the Museum I learned incredible work ethic, communication and planning skills, how to work retail, create museum displays, design and teach education programs, fundraising skills, animal care, and more. It also inspired me to choose a natural science degree that changed my life and stills continues to inspire me to learn and educate others.
    My time and experience at the Museum opened up amazing teaching and docent opportunities at other science museums. It's a pity that this wonderful resource has long been underfunded and undervalued as it served students and teachers at HSU as well as local schools, and the community abroad and will no longer be given the space, time, and money it greatly deserves to carry out the Museum's original mission.

    #65817

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