Campus: CSU Chico -- August 23, 2004

Northern California Natural History Museum Receives $100,000 Gift From the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

The Northern California Natural History Museum at California State University, Chico has received a $100,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for the Gardner-Allen High Mountain Exhibit.

The exhibit will be named jointly for Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, Inc., and Mr. and Mrs. Ruth and Clarence Gardner. Clarence Gardner, retired, is a long-time Chico resident and uncle of Paul Allen.

Museum donations now total more than $6.5 million. The museum will be located on a parcel adjacent to Bidwell Mansion and donated by CSU, Chico.

The Gardner-Allen High Mountain Exhibit will be part of the Worlds of Northern California (Cornyn-Moore Hall) – a series of interactive exhibits that takes museum-goers through the unique habitats of Northern California, including the coast, valley, foothills and high mountains.

"We’re thrilled to receive this generous grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation," said Judy Sitton, president of the museum’s board of directors. "The High Mountain Exhibit will showcase some of our region’s most precious natural resources and will allow thousands of residents to learn how and why it is important to celebrate and conserve these natural wonders."

"This gift is another important step toward building the Northern California Natural History Museum," said Paul Zingg, CSU, Chico president. "We are very grateful to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for their generosity and interest in the museum. This museum will be a tremendous asset to the North State, thanks to the efforts and contributions of many individuals and organizations such as the Paul Allen Foundation."

The Northern California Natural History Museum will feature exhibits on the major habitats in the area, as well as showcase dinosaurs, mammoths and other creatures that once roamed the region. It will also feature a strong classroom and field education program, with periodic traveling exhibits from the world’s preeminent museums. Support for the museum has come from citizens, businesses and local and state government in partnership with CSU, Chico.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation transforms individual lives and strengthens communities by supporting arts and culture, youth engagement, community development and social change, and scientific and technological innovation throughout the Pacific Northwest. The foundation invests in effective organizations that address significant community needs, reflect best practices, leverage public and private resources and contribute to lasting, positive social changes. Founded in 1988, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is administered through Vulcan Inc., of Seattle.

Contacts: Joe Wills, CSU Chico, 530-898-4143
Byron Crossen, Northern California Natural History Museum, 530-894-0341
Michael Nank, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, 206-342-2000

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