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Commission touts coal museum visitation

COALPORT — At its Oct. 22 meeting, the Coalport Area Museum Commission heard about the recent visit of the board members and employees of the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Agency, led by director Josiah Jones.

“We greatly enjoyed having these individuals of VisitClearfieldCounty.org take a tour of our coal museum, which has been noted by especially new patrons as the ‘hidden gem’ of the area for family history research,” curator Richard W. Snyder II said. “We pride ourselves for not only our informative displays on the early years of bituminous coal mining, but our many files, texts, and research on local genealogy.”

In addition, Snyder has been in communication with PA Tourism Director with DCED, Michael Chapaloney (former Utahville resident and Glendale high school graduate), and recently submitted an updated content page for the VisitPA.com website as an official destination site.

Local graphic designer Emily Hollen Aikens has offered her skills to not only update the Coalport Coal Museum brochure, but wanted to increase the size from a normal tri-fold sheet to a bi-fold 11×17 color brochure to allow for more information about the museum.

In addition, the CCRTA has agreed to provide the color printing for a (limited) number of copies of the new larger size flyer to promote the museum.

The board noted an upswing in cash contributions in the museum donation box, including receiving a check for $200 from an anonymous donor.

It also received from member Richard Keith: an 1885 Constitution/By-laws booklet of the Coalport Lodge 781 of the Indepen-dent Order of Odd Fellows.

The board listened to a discussion and viewed photos from a recent visit by three board members to the Philipsburg Historical Foundation museum, the Simler House and the old mud church — led by Luther Gette, PHF curator.

The next meeting of the commission is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Coalport Community Building.

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