LINCOLN (AP) — The Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum may need to find a new home in Lincoln if it can't make a deal with the property owners.
The museum documents the history of the Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Co. and is named for the company's founder. It has been located for about 20 years in the same building about a half-mile from the Capitol, but now the property owners want to develop the area into what will be called the Telegraph District.
That means the museum either has to extend its lease or find a different place to house its artifacts, according to Kathy Dvorak, a board member of the museum. Otherwise, she said, it will close for good on March 31.
The museum is open every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., but also offers tours for groups throughout the week. Admission is free.
Jack and Marilynn Hoenig went to the museum for the first time Sunday and saw familiar items as they moved past the phone displays.
"It'd be a real shame if it closed," Marilynn Hoenig said. "They need to keep it open, especially for the children."
Dvorak told the Lincoln Journal Star that she was disheartened that the museum could be closed. Nonetheless, she said, "We have to think positive. It's not the end yet."
Ken Fougeron, operations manager for Speedway Properties, one of the owners, said the company is "interested and willing to discuss how the museum could be a part of the redevelopment." Fougeron also said Speedway is "willing to work with the museum to allow them to remain in their current building for the short term."