Excitement building for museum’s new home

The first in a series of monthly special events planned at the Brooke County Museum and Cultural Center will feature a ribbon cutting and an open house on Saturday.

It’s an exciting endeavor, to say the least, for the dedicated volunteers at the museum who are anticipating many events at its new site at 704 Charles St. in Wellsburg.

Thanks to a $90,000 state grant, the former G.C. Murphy building has become the new museum site, and for sometime now, it’s been a museum in the making. In fact Ruby Greathouse, museum board secretary and unofficial curator, and others have been carefully removing partitions to establish display areas representative of kitchens, dining rooms and other scenes of days gone by. Their hope has been to have many scenes inside the new museum building, including an 1890s kitchen, dining room and bedroom, 1920s kitchen and one-room schoolhouse, filled with the history of Brooke County, as well as the Northern Panhandle and nearby communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Saturday’s event, set from 10 a.m. to noon, is to focus on the glass industry that once was prominent in Wellsburg and neighboring communities. Wellsburg’s first glass factory, Duvall Glass, was built in 1813 and also was the first factory of its kind in West Virginia 150 years ago. In light of that distinction, a representative of the West Virginia State Glass Museum is expected to attend Saturday’s opening.

Traveling with the other artifacts to the new home are the museum’s military room items, which are multiplying due to many more being donated. And as a bonus, the local attraction will be one of the sites in the Mountain State to host a traveling exhibit depicting the Civil War’s role in the state’s creation.

We wish Greathouse and the many other dedicated board members and volunteers much success. The Brooke County Museum and Cultural Center is truly a gem in our midst and deserves much recognition.

We urge Tri-State Area residents to visit the museum this Saturday for its open house and glass industry show or plan a visit to view one of the upcoming exhibits.