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2002 Opening


Having been closed for the winter months, during which time some additional renovations were made to the building, the first floor was repainted and other needed work was completed, the Portage Station Museum is being readied for the Spring Opening on Saturday, March 2.

 

The display will continue to showcase the collections of our members and others from the area.  In keeping with the Holiday, through March and April, Easter baskets, decorations, etc. that are older than forty years, will be shown. Featured will be Psyansky eggs, many painted by one of our members, and which include both Ostrich and Emu eggs.

 

In May, the Easter items will be replaced by a miniature village, complete with carnival, miniature picnic tea sets, and other objects pertaining to the seasons of Spring and Summer. Other collectibles include beautiful colorful glass paperweights, interesting pitchers, and old medicine bottles. We are fortunate to be permitted to show the carvings of Dr. Burkett. Please see the special article in this issue about his work.

 

If any of our members or anyone having a collection of objects would like to have them placed in the museum for temporary viewing, please contact us at 814-736-9233.

 

Work continues on the building. We have the plans in place to erect a fire escape and add other necessary safety measures. We can always use help. If you have a spare hour or two, please consider volunteering.

 

Since the museum opened, we have been "making do" with store display cases. Although we are glad to have these, we would like to begin replacing them with cases built just for museum display. If anyone would consider "endowing" a case, please let us know.

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New Collectable Out Soon

 

Our Year 2002 collectable will be available this Spring. The item will be approximately 5"x6 1/2" decoupage on wood of the Sonman Mine Tipple, a structure that figured prominently in the history of Portage and the surrounding communities. If you would like to help in the production of these collectibles, please just call any board member or leave your name and number on the museum's answering machine at 736-9223. You don't need to have experience in order to help.

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Carvings Collection

 

A collection of carvings by Donald E. Burkett, M.D., is included in the present display at the museum.  Dr. Burkett, a much-loved family doctor, practiced medicine in Portage beginning in 1948. He learned the art of carving after he retired, and has won awards for his work. His carvings range from the beautiful to the comical. We're sorry to report that he does not sell any of his work, but come in and take a look.

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Great Portage Yard Sale, 2002

 

Yes, we're planning one again. Saturday May 18 has been set as the date for this year's Great Portage Yard Sale. Of course, we need as many people as possible to have their own sale, but we also need items to sell at our own site. We recently heard of a neighborhood yard sale in the small town of Athens, PA, which netted about $1100. Do any of you have some items which we could offer at your Historic Society's site? An amount of money like that would be a nice portion to put toward the second floor fire escape for the museum, which is the next big money item we must have in order to comply with the Department of Labor and Industry's regulations.

 

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The Portage Area Historical Society
Box 45           Portage, PA 15946
The Portage Station Museum
400 Lee Street   Portage, PA 15946
814-736-9223
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