BROOKVILLE – The Jefferson County History Center is currently renovating and repairing its new Archives, Collections and Community Resource Center on North Pickering Street.
“We are looking for corporate sponsors as well as individual and family patrons,” said Kat Lyons, Chief Operating Officer.
Lyons said the new archives center is needed “because we are completely out of space. In addition, our existing archives buildings on Jefferson Street are not easily accessible. There is no driveway and access is via gargantuan stone quarry steps and then up codeless stairs to the main entrance The current buildings are also not suitable for staff or visitors as we have no no space to clean and store items and no space for a research room for visitors.
When the new center is complete, Lyons said, “we will have adequate space for offices, a community resource center for research, space for archives (documents/photos, etc.) and larger objects (collections ), and a courthouse records room, it will also have a preservation/conservation space where we can process donated items.
The extensive grounds will still be accessible to the public.
“We plan to hold community events such as concerts, mini craft shows, outdoor theater/re-enactments, all kinds of events to appeal to all ages. We also plan events for school students, scout troops and other groups,” Lyons said.
“To date, we have received $10,500 in financial contributions from select Brookville and out-of-area businesses, as well as individuals, resident and non-resident Aboriginals. We thank them all and look forward to more supporting donations from Brookville businesses, as well as businesses and residents across the county.
Lyons said repairs and renovations to the first floor are 75% complete, with restrooms made accessible to the ADA. New windows and doors, new HVAC, new electrical wiring, new interior steps, framing, drywall repairs, concrete repairs have all been done and the interior freshly painted.
“New exterior siding and insulation will begin this month, along with gutters and drainpipes, fascia and soffit repairs. The office area, ADA washrooms and interior stairs need to be completed. Beverage Air designs and manufactures a stainless steel counter for our records processing/preservation area,” she said.
The second floor will be a fall-winter project for the Decker Professional Service construction team.
“The first floor is now ready for us to begin moving objects from our two current collections buildings,” Lyons said. “We also need help moving. If you can spare a few hours of your time, contact [email protected] for our moving schedule.
Businesses, individuals and families interested in contributing to this campaign are invited to make a donation to the History Center or send a donation specifying “Capital Campaign”. You do not need to be a JCHS member to donate. Individual donations can be made online at jchconline.orgby mail, in person or by credit card over the phone.
Companies and individuals who make significant financial donations will be permanently recognized in the new records center by the JCHC. go online, jchconline.orgto see the full list of supporters to date.
“As Jefferson County’s Designated Historical Society, it is our responsibility to conserve and preserve the county’s history for present and future generations,” Lyons said.
For more information, call 814-849-0077. The Jefferson County History Center is located at 172-176 Main St., Brookville. Donations can be mailed to: JCHC, PO Box 51, Brookville, PA 15825.