"We are overjoyed we have completed it," said
Halvonik and others who have worked to transform the nearly 200-year-old building into a museum were overjoyed because the idea to have a museum featuring borough artifacts started five years ago from resident
With Powell's inspiration, resident
"There are a lot of people who made this possible," said
Since organization of the society in 1989, DiVirgilio said they restored the
"This is fantastic," DiVirgilio said. "There were a lot of people who made this possible."
Halvonik said the building was built in 1816 and is the oldest building in the borough; it has been the bank building, a post office, a school, a restaurant and finally a doctor's office before sitting empty for nearly 30 years until it officially became a museum on Friday.
"It has been everything you can think of," Halvonik said, adding the building is also listed on the
Halvonik said they have accumulated nearly 1,000 artifacts, including helmets from
"The holy grail of bottle-making was right here," Halvonik said, adding that a glass-making presentation is scheduled for
Halvonik said a soft opening was held by invitation only at the museum a month ago for those who were involved in making the dream of the museum a reality.
"I think people were pleasantly surprised," Halvonik said, adding that there are no hours for the museum or its genealogy research room, but they'll work on that after the long bicentennial weekend. "I'm so glad we're done."
Well, almost done. Halvonik said the society is working on a children's museum in the building on the top level.
For information on the Perryopolis Bicentennial, including scheduled events, visit www.perryopolis200.com.
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