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National Eagle Center plans expansion

The National Eagle Center announced plans Monday to expand its Wabasha facility to provide gallery space for the Preston Cook Collection, an assortment of more than 20,000 artifacts, ephemera and fine art items depicting the eagle in American culture.

The collection, valued at more than $2 million, has recently been moved to Minnesota from California in anticipation of its exhibition and donation to the National Eagle Center, according to a news release.

The first phase of the project, expected to begin as early as spring 2017, will involve renovation and expansion of buildings in Wabasha’s downtown historic district estimated at $6 million ro 8 million.

The National Eagle Center has requested $2 million in state funding as part of the city of Wabasha’s request for capital bonding and anticipates launching a capital campaign for private philanthropy later this year.

A second phase would include an addition to the existing facility for expanded eagle care and education space.

The public is invited to see concept drawings 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday May 19 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday May 20 at 110 Main St. in Wabasha. A selection of items from the Preston Cook Collection also will be on display.