Evergreen Aviation Museum Plans Expansion
The Evergreen Aviation Museum, in McMinnville, Ore., is planning a $6.9 million expansion including an IMAX movie theater to open this fall, The Associated Press reported last week. The 55,000-square-foot expansion also will include new conference rooms, office space, exhibit space and a gift shop. The museum is best-known as the home of the Spruce Goose, and attendance has spiked recently in the wake of the movie "The Aviator," about Howard Hughes and his airplanes. Meanwhile, William Schaub, the former director of the museum, has filed suit against Evergreen and its founder, according to The Seattle Times. Schaub claims he was wrongfully terminated from his position in 2002 and is seeking $1.7 million in damages. Schaub had suggested that Del Smith, the museum's founder and chief patron, was using museum funds for his personal benefit. Schaub was subsequently fired.