The Illinois-born author of books like "Fahrenheit 451" may have a new museum dedicated to his work built in his hometown.
Author Ray Bradbury went to Waukegan's Carnegie Library as a child, but that building has sat vacant for nearly 50 years despite multiple plans to reuse it. The newest effort aims to raise $10 million to use the library to house what will be called the Bradbury Carnegie Center.
John Harris sits on the board of directors for the project, and thinks fundraising efforts will be successful based on admiration for Bradbury's work.
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"We've met actors, we've met writers, we've met Wall Street financiers, college professors, who, in conversation with them, say 'Ray Bradbury changed my life,'" Harris said. "So we're going to need to tap into that vein."
Harris estimates the whole process will take between three to five years. The first steps will be raising seed funding, followed by going public with design proposals early next year.
The current concepts for the museum, according to Harris, include restoring the children's reading room which Bradbury frequented, and creating a "thoroughly modern, contemporary, engaging experience," comparing it to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.