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Updated: 06/11/2014 04:28:05PM

Museum news: Work continues on historic building

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We were so delighted last week to welcome five visitors to the Fort Meade Historical Museum: four ladies and one gentleman, all from a different state, but who live in a mobile home park in Florida. They take off every week to visit a place of interest; this time it happened to be our museum.

They enjoyed seeing all the artifacts and hearing how Fort Meade got started as a trading post and later turned into our city.

Different kinds of work has been going on in the museum that has been neglected long enough. We use the attic as a storage area and the men have started putting in a usable floor, but it may take a while to complete because it’s such hot work this time of year. Also, we have such conveniences we don’t realize how great they are until we are without them. I’m speaking of a hot water heater for our kitchen office area.

We have a lot of party activities and we do need hot water, which is in the process of being installed. For safety sake, Wayne Gunter put a hand rail up for the staircase to the attic, something we have needed ever since we started the museum.

Even though our museum has the great look, we have also discovered those pesky termites have invaded us, so on June 18 through June 24, the museum will be closed as the termite company will tent the whole building.

One new addition that has been put in place is a beautiful set of shelves that are placed now in the school room. These were built by Bill Bass, one of our regular volunteers, who is a master carpenter. These shelves will house the many photographs, obituaries, museum newspaper articles, all in separate albums that are dated with marking on each album so that anyone can find the historical piece of long ago.

The shelves are a showcase of stained wood to match the interior of the school room. We do thank Bill for this much needed furniture piece for our convenience.

It is time to run in all the birthdays, ads and memorial dates for the 2015 calendar we sponsor every year. Please turn in your calendar information to the museum so it can get printed in the new edition.

The Pioneer luncheon will be meeting at the Bartow Civic Center on June 19. We always have a good number to attend and if you would like to go, call the museum at 863-285-7474, and let us know. Those attending are from all the towns and cities around Polk County and it is so good to visit with them every year and also enjoy the good lunch.

Our regular monthly birthday lunch was held on June 10, honoring Jean Barnett, Violet Sheffield, Liz White and Margaret Grandmont.

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