by Lisa Tome
After being closed for more than two years, Rising Sun's Historical Preservation Commission Museum will reopen the first weekend in October.
The HPC also has new leadership and big plans for the future.
Tom Mumey has taken over the reigns, replacing Diane Ehrhart who has led the organization since its inception. Mumey said Ehrhart moved to Pennsylvania and he accepted the leadership role. He is very familiar with the HPC since he played a key role when it was organized in 2004. Mumey wrote the by-laws for the nonprofit organization and helped get the museum underway.
"We are in the process of cleaning and reorganizing the museum. We moved items for display thanks to Bud McFadden," said Mumey. The items from the museum are in the former Parts Plus (Western Auto) across from town hall. Moving some items out, makes the cleaning and organization easier. The clean up is the result of a leaking ceiling in the museum, located on the third floor of town hall.
"We are planning to hit a target date of the Civil War Reenactment for opening. Even if the roof is leaking," said Mumey. He also said all items have been preserved despite the leak.
The time and date for the opening of the museum is yet to be determined. Volunteers have set a goal of getting it up and running to coincide with the annual Civil War Reenactment which will be held on October 4 (for school children visitation), and October 5-6. After the official opening, the museum will be open once a month on a Friday to be determined from 1-4 p.m. It will also be open by appointment.
The museum opening isn't the only upcoming activity for the HPC, which has about 22 people on the active rolls and a core group of 10 volunteers. Mumey said the group will now be active all year. "There will be no more summer layoff. There is too much planning that needs to be done," he said.
The group will once again be active in local parades. They will also sponsor trips and have speakers and entertainment at their monthly meetings. The search for a large, permanent home for the museum is also underway. They will also continue to collect donations from the community of items that are museum worthy. "I can't say enough about the citizens. They have been very active with giving us stuff. We are very pleased and grateful," added Mumey.