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Children's Museum Quarry Exhibit Plans Solidifying

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A Mankato company's $500,000 gift to the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is a step closer to being stone.

Coughlan Companies will supply Mankato Kasota Stone for an interactive quarry exhibit inside the permanent museum site, plus any Kasota stone needed for outdoor benches and landscaping.

Maryellen Coughlan, Director of Corporate Giving, says, "We've been in the quarry business for four generations, so, yes it honoring my parents and my grandparents and my uncles and aunts." A team including staff from Brennan Construction and Coughlan Companies, worked with exhibit designer Chris Krumm to finalize the layout. The next step is to choose the slabs of stone that will be cut and used at the museum.

Peter Olson, Director of The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, says, "With an amazingly generous legacy gift from the Coughlan Family, that totals more than $500,000, we're confident that with these resources, we're gonna be able to create a one–of–a–kind, unique, fully–immersive quarry exhibit that's gonna draw people from all over the place to come and play and have fun right here in Mankato.

One of the key elements the team focused on is accessibility for all children; including those confined to a wheelchair. They hope to open the museum by the end of 2014.