Plug pulled on Powerhouse Science Center

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Plug pulled on Powerhouse Science Center

Financial failure forces nonprofit to shutter, lay off staff
The Powerhouse Science Center closed suddenly during the past weekend after precarious financial problems came to light.
The Powerhouse Science Center is located near 12th Street and Camino del Rio.
Girls attending STEM Power: Women in Science last year at the Powerhouse Science Center had the opportunity to take part in numerous scientific experiments including one that demonstrated the effects of static electricity. Anya Snyder, 10, daughter of Matthew and Lisa Snyder, impressed the crowd.
Girls were treated to numerous science-based activities last year at the Powerhouse Science Center, including one that demonstrated the effects of static electricity. The center closed unexpectedly during the weekend.
Powerhouse timeline

1892: The Durango Light and Power Co. embraces a new technology – AC (alternating current) power – and opens a power plant on Durango’s downtown riverfront.
Mid-1970s: Needing extensive renovation and cleanup, the aging power plant is boarded up and acquired by the city of Durango.
1998: Operating as the Children’s Museum of Durango, the organization outgrows its space in the rented attic of the Durango Arts Center. A business plan is proposed to convert the power plant site to an interactive science center.
2002: Durango City Council passes a resolution supporting renovations to the power plant. Volunteers secure grants for renovation and site cleanup, including asbestos removal.
2006: Restoration, renovation and cleanup completed.
February 2011: The science center opens to the public as Durango Discovery Museum in the former power plant, sitting along the banks of the Animas River at Camino del Rio and 14th Street.
May 2014: Durango Discovery Museum changes its name to Powerhouse Science Center.
May 11, 2015: Powerhouse Science Center closes indefinitely.

Plug pulled on Powerhouse Science Center

The Powerhouse Science Center closed suddenly during the past weekend after precarious financial problems came to light.
The Powerhouse Science Center is located near 12th Street and Camino del Rio.
Girls attending STEM Power: Women in Science last year at the Powerhouse Science Center had the opportunity to take part in numerous scientific experiments including one that demonstrated the effects of static electricity. Anya Snyder, 10, daughter of Matthew and Lisa Snyder, impressed the crowd.
Girls were treated to numerous science-based activities last year at the Powerhouse Science Center, including one that demonstrated the effects of static electricity. The center closed unexpectedly during the weekend.
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