Eastern Cherokees plan expansion of museum
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians plans to spend more than $2 million to expand the tribal museum.

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian has already raised $1.9 million for the project. The goal is $2.35 million.

“The museum is pressed to the limits with the success of our permanent and special exhibitions,” Ken Blankenship, the museum's executive director, told The Asheville Citizen-Times. "The only solution is to create a new wing."

The 8,500 square-feet expansion will include a public reading room, digital libraries, an art studio, a courtyard and a lobby.

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Cherokee museum expanding (The Asheville Citizen-Times 6/30)