Museum unveils new look

WEIRTON – The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center officially unveiled its new look Wednesday, celebrating the completion of its recent facade project.

The museum hosted a ribbon cutting Wednesday, where it welcomed local government officials, members of the Weirton business community and other guests to see the completed facade.

Museum President Dennis Jones explained the work, which includes a BASF Senergy insulation system, was performed by Unique Walls and Ceilings, located in Wellsburg.

“We’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it,” Jones said. “It really makes a difference downtown.”

The museum moved into the location at 3149 Main St. in 2011.

The project was paid for with a $13,700 grant from the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation.

Foundation trustees William McElwain, Thomas Timmons and H. Lee Kinney were among those on hand Wednesday for the unveiling.

In 2012, the Pugliese Foundation surpassed the $5 million mark in grant funding provided for projects since 1999. The foundation supports schools, communities and non-profit programs within a 30-mile radius of Steubenville.

The Weirton museum also recently received a $25,000 grant from the J.C. Williams Charitable Trust, which will go toward a planned elevator project to provide improved access to the building’s second floor.

The museum plans for additional exhibits and a possible children’s area to be included on the second floor in the future.

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