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Updated: 07/28/2014 02:16:04PM

Frostproof Historical Museum getting a facelift

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Carolyn Walton, left, and Carol Lamons move documents to the front room of the library.

There is a group helping to put together a five-year plan for the museum. They include, from left: Tina Miller, Bea Reifeis, Carolyn Walton, Carol Lamons and Sara Morey.

The outside of the museum will get a little updating too.

PHOTOS BY K.M. THORNTON SR.

It may look like a mess now, but come this fall, the Frostproof History Museum will have a new look. Saturday, director Bea Reifeis, left, got help from Sara Morey and others to start the re-organization.

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What’s older in Frostproof is getting newer.

That’s because a number of volunteers are pitching in to help director Bea Reifeis update things inside the Frostproof Historical Museum.

A group gathered Saturday to move boxes and displays in anticipation of a grand “re-opening” of the museum this fall.

Reifeis said she’s been appreciative of the support she’s gotten in the effort.

“It takes a village, especially to get the Frostproof Historical Museum painted and tiled,” she said. “A whole lot of people have been really great in helping us.”

Reifeis said as she and others were getting ready for some of the inside painting project, mold was discovered in the storage closet.

“The city reacted quickly and it has been cleared away,” Reifeis said.

She the discovery prompted the need for help to move many boxes. Before the mold was found, all the boxes were in the front gallery, but then had to be moved to the back gallery for further mold inspection in the front.

“And then we had to pack up items from the storage closet,” she added.

She is hopeful to have a lot of the work done in time for the museum’s opening this fall in early October.

She and a group of volunteers are putting together a five-year plan for the museum, which will hopefully include an organization wall, a Ramon Theater wall including the theater’s movie projector, and several rotating exhibits.

Pinky Gravely and Sons will be painting the back room, and Badcock and More will be helping with some of the floor tiling work.

The city still will help with some drywall work that remains to be done due to mold damage, and help move some of the bigger, heavier items before the painting can begin.

The work is all pointing towards the museum reopening on Oct. 4. Reifeis said there are several community events that will be going on that weekend, making it kind of a “heritage days” celebration.


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