Renovations Under the Keystone Grant
Our museum is being transformed. It is so exciting to see
the renovations being completed. The walls and ceilings on both floors
have been painted; the yellow pine second floor has been refinished and is
beautiful. The first floor has been redone to look just like the original,
but of course, it looks brand new and just gorgeous. Upstairs the
florescent lights have been replaced with hanging lights replicating the
originals, and all other old and dangerous wiring has been replaced. Our
handicap-accessible ramp to the first floor is in place, and the new
outside steps are done. There is lots of volunteer work to do now,
such as putting the artifacts back in the cases, making new labels, all
sorts of cleaning and loads of paperwork and filing. If you can give
an hour here and there, any help will certainly be appreciated-just call
any board member.
The Portage Volunteer Firemen and the Portage Area High
School football team moved our second floor cases and artifacts back into
the building. that was a lot of heavy lifting, but the boys made short
work of the job and it is very much appreciated. Volunteers with strong
muscles are in short supply.
Two helpful volunteers, Vic Schaffrenek and Bob Yetsko
have built an extra shelf on the two units in the office and have painted
the staff bathroom. thanks, men!
There is more to be done under the grant, but they are
smaller jobs. We will keep you posted via newsletter and/or Portage
The next big (and expensive) project is the work required
by the Department of Labor and Industry to make our building safe under
the fire code. This was mentioned in our last newsletter. We hired an
architect and he has submitted his plans to the D.L.I., which has approved
them. Cost estimates will be next, then decisions must be made. We welcome
input from any interested parties.
After approximately 18 months of
being closed, the Portage Station Museum has reopened (Wednesdays 1-4;
Saturday and Sunday 1-5) with a display featuring collections and
collectibles from area collectors. The Portage Area Historical Society
will be celebrating the museum's Grand Reopening on Sunday, October 14th,
2001 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. With the renovations, there is definitely
a new look to the building.
A ramp provides access to the first
floor for those unable to walk steps. New doors with large windows allow
more light to enter, as dos the opening of the transom over the emergency
door that had been closed in. The original copper gutter is in place at
the top of the building.