Liberty Museum project:
A Nanty Glo Home Page pictorial tour
This page added on October 13, 2007
A highlight of your webmaster's visit to Nanty Glo to mark the tenth anniversary of the Nanty Glo Home Page the week of Labor Day was an opportunity to tour the old Liberty Theater, the site of the planned Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society museum. The following pictures and captions recount the tour.
A major portion of the restoration of the exterior of the building, on Shoemaker Street near Roberts, to its original appearance has already been accomplished. The addition of a marquee resembling of the one when the building was a theater is planned.
Nanty Glo Borough has turned over the adjacent lot on the left of the building for a future parking lot.
The most ambitious hope for the project may be turning the former Sheetz station and pizza store into a museum cafe adjacent to it on the right. Inside, a great deal of cleanup and refurbishing had been done by the time of our tour on September 5. Seen on the stage are some chairs from the former theater. More of the same have been contributed by Nanty Glo Church of the Brethren, which had acquired them after the theater's closing around 1950.
The former theater lobby will be retained as the lobby of the museum.
The second floor, formerly the theater balcony from which this picture was taken, will be extended to provide office, exhibition staging, and storage space for use of museum and its staff members' use. Mainline Newspapers' Nanty Glo Journal bureau chief Joe Vassalotti, left, hears answers to interview questions by Janet Toth, current NTAMHS President, right, and Helen Dropcho, vice-president-elect, center.
LEFT: The view from the balcony onto Shoemaker Street.
BELOW: Current society president Janet Toth, right, and incoming vice-president Helen Dropcho, left, flank the thermometer gauging progress of project thus far.
Click the photo above for video highlights of the Liberty Museum project tour The thermometer shows the project's $1.3 million goal over one-third accomplished by September 5. Most of the contributions as been "in-kind," in the form of donated work on the project and materials. Jon Kennedy
© Jon Kennedy 2007