BROOKVILLE - The Jefferson County Historical Society is now in the middle of its capital campaign for renovations and repairs to their "New Archives, Collections and Community Resource Center."
It is seeking business sponsors as well as individual and family patrons. Significant donations will be permanently recognized at the new archives.
So why did JCHS need this building for its new archives? Why is it moving their collections from Jefferson St. archives buildings? It is simply because they are completely out of space.
In addition, their existing archives buildings are not easily accessed. There is no driveway and access is via gargantuan stone quarry steps and then climbing not to code stairs to the main entrance.
The current buildings are also not staff or visitor-friendly, as they have no space for cleaning and conserving items and no space for a visitor research room.
When completed, it will have adequate spaces for offices, a "Community Resource Center" for research, spaces for archive (documents and photos, etc.) and larger items (collections) and a courthouse records room.
It will also have a preservation and conservation space where they can process donated items.
In addition, the extensive grounds will still be available to the public. JCHS plans to stage community events such as concerts, mini-craft shows, outside theatre and reenactments, all sorts of events to appeal to all ages. They also plan events geared toward school students, scout troops and other groups.
To date, they have received $10,500 in financial contributions from some Brookville businesses and from businesses outside of the area, as well as from individuals, both resident and non-resident "natives."
JCHS would like to thank them all and look forward to more supportive donations from Brookville businesses, as well as from businesses and residents of the entire county.
Status of repairs and renovations to the first floor of the building are 75 percent complete. A first floor restroom is being made Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible. New windows and doors, new HVAC installed, new electrical wiring, new interior steps, framing, drywall repairs, concrete repairs have all been done and the interior freshly painted.
Additionally, new exterior siding and insulation will begin this month, along with gutters and drainpipes, fascia and soffit repairs. The office area, ADA restroom and interior stairs need to be completed.
Beverage Air is designing and manufacturing a stainless steel countertop for their archive processing and conservation area.
The second floor will be a fall-winter project for their Decker Professional Service construction crew.
The first floor is now ready for them to begin moving items from their current two collections buildings. They need help moving, too.
If you can spare a few hours of your time, contact email@example.com for our moving schedule.
Businesses, individuals and families interested in contributing to this campaign are invited to donate at the history center or mail a donation specifying "Capital Campaign."
You don't have to be a JCHS member to donate. Donations by individuals can be made online at jchconline.org, by mail, in person or by credit card over the phone.
Businesses and individuals making significant financial donations will be permanently recognized at the new archives facility by JCHC. Go to their website, jchconline.org, to see a complete list of supporters to date.
As Jefferson County's designated historical society, it is their responsibility to hold and preserve the history of the county for present and future generations.
For more information, please contact them at (814) 849-0077. They are located at 172-176 Main St., Brookville and their mailing address is JCHC, P.O. Box 51, Brookville, Pa.15825.