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Postby Micronaut » Sun Sep 17, 2006 8:32 pm

Wabash historical museum opens
By Becky Manley
The Journal Gazette ... 532838.htm

Becky Manley/The Journal Gazette
The second floor of the Wabash County Historical Museum features a changing exhibit area and a tribute to the old museum.

Becky Manley/The Journal Gazette
The grand opening of the Wabash County Historical Museum today and Sunday marks completion of the museum’s second floor.
WABASH – Interactive exhibits highlighting Wabash County’s history, including a simulated moped ride along the county’s hilly, curving roads to historical sites, are among the features available to the public during a grand opening celebration this weekend at the Wabash County Historical Museum.

The grand opening has been scheduled to celebrate the completion of the museum’s second floor, according to museum volunteer Beth Driscoll.

After about six years of effort, the first floor opened in November 2005, Driscoll said. It replaced the county’s former museum in Memorial Hall, which wasn’t accessible to those with disabilities and was not equipped with the proper climate and light controls needed to preserve fragile exhibits.

The museum has been paid for through about $5 million in private donations, Driscoll said. The new building, located at 36 E. Market St. in Wabash, was donated to the non-profit museum by the city for $1 about 1999.

“I’m still in awe. How often do you get to build a museum for your county?” volunteer Beth Stein asked.

Driscoll said schoolteachers are “chomping at the bit” for the chance to take students to the museum, which was designed with the state’s educational standards in mind.

The museum’s first floor takes visitors from the Ice Age through the county’s pioneer days through 20th-century wars.

It also includes displays on the county’s towns, including Disko and Ijamsville, a crime scene display that tells of the notorious 1854 slaying of the French family, and a theater that offers an orientation film about the county’s history.

Not to be overlooked is a display dedicated to the county’s connection to the iron horse.

“We had a very bustling railroad business,” Stein said.

The second floor features a changing exhibit area, a huge county map and the simulated moped tours. It also has a sports exhibit, an interactive fossil dig site and an interactive display that allows visitors to learn of the hardships faced by a pioneer family as they make their way from the East Coast of the United States to Liberty Mills, Ind.

The floor also features a tribute to the old museum in Memorial Hall, which was affectionately known as “Wabash County’s attic,” and the art exhibit “River Odyssey: Two Artists Follow the Wabash,” which features 102 paintings that will be on display until Dec. 2.
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