The Fairview Museum of History and Art is launching a major expansion program.

The program involves the purchase of an elementary school building from the North Sanpete School District and the conversion of the building and grounds to museum uses.Plans, drawings and blueprints for the project have been completed and a fund-raising campaign is now underway. The estimated cost is $400,000.

Companies, civic groups and individuals have pledged their support, fund-raiser Harris Cheney said. The George Eccles Foundation has contributed $15,000.

The project will include the remodeling of the interior of the elementary school to provide space for a variety of displays. One of the major displays will be a panorama that will include a replica of the Columbian Mammoth discovered at the Huntington Reservoir two years ago.

There will also be the plaster castings of several Avard Fairbanks sculptures contributed by the Fairbanks family.

Sidewalks and landscaping will connect the building with the other schoolhouse on the block that was acquired years ago and will continue to house most of the museum's historic exhibits.

The museum board has been recently reorganized, with Carl L. Swensen elected president; Lee Mackay, vice president, and Emma Lee Hansen retained as secretary.

"We plan to push the project forward with a vigorous fund-raising campaign," Swensen said. "With the preliminaries now behind us, we can go ahead with the conversion . . . building a step at a time as money becomes available."

The Fairview Museum of History and Art has been a major Sanpete County attraction for more than 20 years. It is open during the warmer months and lists several thousand visitors on its registration book each year.