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Coalport museum volunteers lauded

COALPORT — After a moment of silence in remembrance of the recent passing of Clearfield County Historical Society President David P. Wulderk, Coalport Area Museum Commission President Robert Counsman greeted members at the Aug. 31 meeting by thanking everyone for stepping up to volunteer for the Coalport Area Coal Museum.

“Keeping us open for our patrons has meant not only satisfied visitors, but we’ve seen our donation box being filled with needed cash,” Counsman said.

Miles Partnership of Colorado, publishers of the “Happy Traveler, the Official Pennsylvania Travel Guide,” reached out to curator Richard W. Snyder II requesting photos of the Coalport Area Coal Museum as part of an upcoming story on the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Scheduled to be published January 2022, this online journal currently reaches 800,000 visitors.

Snyder said a new laser printer/copier was purchased, enabling patrons to have files copied from the collection on coal mining heritage or local genealogy data from the museum reference room.

In other news, the commission:

– learned that the museum’s collection of local, indexed obituaries is up to 8,150.

– heard that Snyder and member Bill Morrison recently visited the Indiana University of Pennsylvania special collection of “coal culture” archives, met with Dr. Harrison Wick, special archives director, and provided CACM brochures to the university library.

– received, from Randy Dubler, an original 1927 color booklet of Sanborn Maps of Coalport, Blain City and Lyleville.

– purchased another wooden plaque to hold engraved names of special patrons and/or local miner memorials. In order to have names placed on this plaque, the minimum donation is $100.

– learned Snyder has artistically enhanced a hand-crafted metal Caterpillar excavator donated by Albert Bell.

The next meeting of the Coalport Area Museum Commission is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Coalport Borough Building. The public is invited.

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