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Gov appoints new board of trustees members for museum

Preparing the area in front of the Jean P. Hayden Museum, for the construction of a new 2-story structure that will provide more storage, office and display space for the Jean P. Hayden Museum. [SN file photo / Blue Chen-Fruean]

The proposed two-story extension to the Jean P. Hayden Museum in Fagatogo is moving forward as planned. As the museum undergoes major reconstruction work to the existing building and the erection of a new one, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has made changes of his own, appointing new members for the Museum's Board of Trustees.

They are: Regina Meredith, Robert Soliai, Danielle King, and Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga.

Historic Preservation Officer David Herdrich will serve as an advisor to the board.

Lolo, in a memo announcing the new board members, noted that Robert Soliai will serve as chairman, and each of the new members shall serve a term of one year. They are to remain on the board until such time that their successors are appointed.

As part of their new role, the board members are tasked with finding money to hire a curator for the museum.

Meanwhile, workers from the Department of Public Works are at the site everyday, working on the erection of a new extension that Herdrich said will feature a two-story structure that will provide additional exhibit space.

The existing building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, meaning its historical character has to be preserved but it can be refurbished.

According to Herdrich, the job will be paid for by 'special projects' funding, although ASHPO, the Department of Commerce and other agencies are looking for other grant funding sources.