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Photo Updates    

The following photos were added in May 2010

The photos above left and center show the doors and the frame finished for the coal mine entrance by the Cambria County Community Service Workers. On the right is seen the frame being built. The wood to make the door was donated by Rich McDowell The frame is made from poles from an old barn donated by Janet Reese and Pat Shuman. Click any of the photos to see a full-screen view.
Above are pictures of the Cambria County Community Service workers unloading and stocking the Miners Food Pantry. Click any photo to see it full-screen.


The following photo was added in April 2010

Visit from a county judge

Judge Tim Creany, on the right above, President Judge of Cambria County, visited Liberty Museum along with Hugh Ballsinger, left, head of the Cambria County Community Service Program. They were given a tour by project director Jim Toth, center. Judge Creany was very excited about the project and even stopped to make note of the old stage and commented about the old colors and layout. He said he is very impressed with what we are doing and how the County is helping through the Community Service Program. He reviewed the record keeping and talked with Rich McDowell on family members that they know in common. He intends to continue his support for the Liberty Project and said the program is filling a big gap in a variety of locations. He wished us the best and thanked us for our efforts in improving the community. Judge Creany's uncle, the late Mario Creany, was a teacher and administrator at Nanty Glo, Nanty Glo-Vintondale and Blacklick Valley High School for many years.

The following 13 photos were added in March 2010

Help from an expert

Coleen Chambers, director of the Indiana Historical Society. fourth from left above, recently visited the Liberty Museum for a tour and to show us the proper way to accept and track inventory, introducing us to the common inventory control programs and the paperwork involved. She contributed several hours of personal time to help us and make sure the system that we need to purchase works with the insurance company's requirements for coverage, proper ways to store and tag items, and related laws and system pricing. The help she gave was greatly needed and we appreciate all her time and support. On hand to receive her were, from left: John and Helena Dropcho, Ron Weekes, (Ms. Chambers), Janet Toth, and Jim Toth.

Honor Wall Plaques

At right: cooler acquired from former Sheetz store next door, for the use of the food pantry.


drains, 1.


plumbing, 2.

A community service worker preparing electrical boxes for installation.



A new firewall has been built around the emergency exit under the former

Drywall has begun to go up. This will be the ladies restroom. We are working to get it operational so we do not have to use the food pantry restrooms.


Community service ladies working
in the Bill Martin Media Room for the Historical Society research department.



New wiring
going in.

New ceiling
framing goes in over
the platform.


The wall around the
platform (we are not
allowed to call it
"stage") is being


New drain pipes
as seen from beneath the
new restrooms.


The original photos of the project continue, below.

The Liberty When built 

When Acquired 

July 31, 2006

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Paint on front has been mostly removed

July 01, 2007

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Demolition has begun 

second floor 

July 20, 2007

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Removal of old paneling 

first floor 

July 20, 2007

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August 2007
Progress to date

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August 2007
75% of the selective
demolition complete

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December 2007

We ended the year with the selective demolition 95% complete. Saving 123 2x4's for reuse and 90% of the water lines needed. The blueprints were complete and ready to go to code.

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Our volunteers have been working on all of these projects using the funds donated and raised by fund-raisers. We have been able to provide food, drinks, and snacks to our volunteers. The paint on the front of the building has been revoced with a power washer donated by Hite Coal and Equipment Company of Carrolltown. Other donations include scaffolding by Deetscreek Construction of Johnstown, funace service from Hoover Heating and Air of Nanty Glo, and a new oil tank by Walter Lindrose of Nanty Glo. It is difficult to list all of the supporters who have helped this project, but as work progresses we will attempt to update you with our "gifts in kind."

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