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Natural History Museum receives Harris Fund grant for ‘The Habitat’

Tuesday, October 21, 2008JOHNSON CITY – Thanks to funding from a recent grant, “The Habitat” is on its way to becoming reality at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site.

The $1,000 award from the Harris Fund for Washington County of the East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) will enable the museum to expand its outdoor offerings for visitors as well as people in the local community to enjoy, according to Jeanne Zavada, museum director.

“The Habitat will ultimately provide a landscaped, shaded picnic and play area,” she said. “It is perfect that the first picnic table and shade structure should be made possible by the Harris Fund.”

The Harris Fund for Washington County was founded in 1994 in memory of the Harris Family of Johnson City. Grants are awarded to organizations that demonstrate the Fund’s objective of providing support for innovative programs encouraging the use of area resources and contributing to the quality of life of Washington County residents.

Established in 1986, the ETF is a regional community foundation serving 25 counties. It administers 12 Affiliate Funds, including the Harris Fund for Washington County.

The ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site is located 1.8 miles from Exit 13 on I-26. It is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For information, call toll-free 1-866-202-6223 or visit 

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