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ARCH 310 Students Help Frank H. Woods Telephone Museum

Tuesday, November 22, 2016  
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Students rarely get a chance to preserve a part of history, but that’s exactly what students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture’s ARCH 310 studio are attempting to do. Studio instructor Guillermo Yángüez Bergantino has challenged his students to create design concepts for a new Frank H. Woods Telephone Museum currently located at 2047 M St, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The current real estate development plan for a new “Telegraph District” in this area foresees a combination of apartments, row houses, offices and an employment center, but not The Telephone Museum. While the latter has received offers to showcase artifacts throughout the planned district, the museum’s first choice is to maintain the collection intact.

The Woods Museum tells the story of the telephone industry and its coming-of-age, of the Lincoln community and that of the State of Nebraska at large. Their stories and histories are indelibly linked.

“The Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum is a valuable community asset because it preserves part of Lincoln’s and southeast Nebraska’s history as it relates to the telephone industry, and is also an educational resource and tourist attraction,” said Diane Walkowiak, museum volunteer. “Its collection contains many telephone-related artifacts and photos that are unique to Lincoln and our state, which can’t be found in any other museum. If a new location isn’t found soon, we could lose the museum. It would be a shame for our city to let it slip away.”

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