The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum was presented a check for $100,000 on February 8th from The Macerich Company and four of its executives. Santa Monica-based Macerich, which owns Santa Monica Place, is considered one of the country’s largest owners, operators and developers of major retail properties.

The donation will support the museum’s $5 million capital campaign for the build-out of a new state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open later this year.

The presentation took place at the new museum site, the Santa Monica Public Library campus, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

A number of city and museum officials, including museum chief executive officer and president Louise Gabriel, along with several Macerich representatives, attended the ceremony.

The donation, announced by senior executives Mace Siegel, Art Coppola, Dana Anderson and Randy Brant, was to be used to sponsor the “Then and Now” hands-on interactive exhibit in the permanent gallery of the new museum.

The four senior executives made personal contributions totaling $50,000, which was matched by $50,000 from Macerich.

“Macerich has been a longtime supporter of the Santa Monica Historical Museum and its efforts to preserve the city’s colorful history and culture,” said Randy Brant, executive vice president of real estate for Macerich. “We are proud be a part of this amazing new interactive exhibit and we hope it will benefit the entire community.”

The interactive exhibit will feature a touch-screen map of Santa Monica. Visitors will be able to select various locations and points of interest throughout Santa Monica and learn what those locations were like “then” and how they developed into what they are “now.”

The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum and Macerich-Santa Monica Place are also partnering to create an exhibit titled “Clicking with Santa Monica.”

The exhibit will showcase the retail aspect of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Place “then” and “now,” as the redevelopment of the 1980s enclosed suburban mall is revitalized to bring what the company calls “a fresh, new, outdoor retail experience to Santa Monica.”

The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum’s $5 million capital campaign for the build-out of the new museum was launched in late 2006 and to date has raised $1.2 million.

Founded in 1975 under the City of Santa Monica Centennial Committee, the nonprofit Historical Society Museum is currently at 1539 Euclid St. In spring next year, the museum is scheduled to relocate to a new permanent facility in the Santa Monica Public Library complex.

The downtown location will offer residents the opportunity to explore and learn about Santa Monica’s rich and diverse history in a new cultural center.

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