This past Wednesday was a big day for our exhibition. The local news stations came to stories, and since then the story has gone national! How exciting that the exhibit is starting to pick up that kind of attention. I had my first appearance on television as well. It is amazing how USA Today, Huffington Post, and many other media outlets have picked up the story of the shelter.
The final touches are being made for the opening day of the exhibition. Some of the panels are already up, and more are going up today. The replica shelter is stocked and ready for visitors. As one of the exhibition content creators, believe me when I say that the items they found down there are stunning. Handling some of the shelter relics, like the CD survey meter, was a field day for this young historian.
We created a replica shelter for our exhibit to give people an idea of the space. I actually had the opportunity to climb down 11′ and walk inside the dank shelter. When I ventured in, the shelter was filled with 14″ of water. There is still some debris down there in the corridor leading to the shelter space. As you enter the shelter there is a vault door with a bolting mechanism. You then enter the 8′ x 10′ shelter space where remnants of the bunk beds are still anchored to the wall. There are metal shelving units still standing in place. All of these are very rusted over from sitting in feet of water for decades. A metal pipe runs out of the shelter and up along the side of the house. At one time there would have been a hand-cranked blower to pull in fresh air from outside. Here are some pictures of the shelter hatch right before I went down. I will be posting pictures and a video later of my experience in the shelter.