Eagles Mere Museum
Eagles Mere, PA
From the 1880s through the present, Eagles Mere shined as a resort society for the “well-to-do.” As a historic area, Eagles Mere is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is nestled in the Endless Mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. Exhibits for the new Eagles Mere Museum focus on “The Lake and Its Legacy” and take visitors back to an age where one can experience an encounter with the early settlers, the rise of the resort era, and the town's cultural and recreational attractions through the decades.
Work on the museum consisted of Master Planning for the 6,500 SF Museum and design of the 2,200 SF of exhibit space. Soaring gallery spaces allow iconic artifacts such as lake canoes and toboggans to be suspended or floor-mounted to make thematic connections to experiences fondly associated with recreational life at Eagles Mere. Both gallery and exhibit spaces alike are designed to present the narrative through recreated thematic environments while also providing intimate encounters with graphic imagery and artifacts positioned to better envision the relationship of people to place over time.
Social spaces result from the interplay between the core exhibits, which surround a small changing exhibits gallery. This central space is used to tell noteworthy stories of individuals and events both large and small, gathered by continuous recording of oral histories stemming from the collective memory of the townsfolk.