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Museum group says thanks

The Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum Committee appeared before Pulaski Town Council Tuesday night to express gratitude for local efforts to salvage and restore museum artifacts and the train station.
Tye Kirkner, representing the committee, thanked town council, firefighters and the many local volunteers who have dedicated their time to preserving salvaged items and restoring the train station.
A mid-November electrical fire heavily damaged the train station, which housed the museum. Some local historical items that were on display in the museum were destroyed in the fire, while other were rescued during the fire or salvaged after it was extinguished.
As for town, the committee expressed appreciation to the council for allowing town staff to assist with the salvage and restoration.
“We recognize the efforts by this council to allow numerous employees to assist in all phases of the on-going restoration project and are truly thankful,” Kirkner said.
“As we review the saved items from the museum, we are also reminded of the actions of the emergency personnel that at times risked their health in saving the building and its contents.”
He said the committee also wishes to extend its gratitude to “the numerous employees and volunteers that collected and pampered the displays of our museum.”
He continued, “There are so many people and organizations to thank that we are sure we would miss many if we tried to compile a complete list of the contributors to the effort.”
Kirkner said the museum committee continues to be excited about building the new museum.
“Through the efforts of the town staff, we are proceeding with the permitting and design phases of the project and are looking forward as we establish new schedules for bid and award of the project.”
Prior to the fire, town council voted to construct a separate building adjacent to the Maple Shade Plaza to house the Ratcliffe Museum, along with Dr. Milton Brockmeyer’s train set and replica of Pulaski.
Kirkner said the committee also is “excited about re-energizing the community” through future fundraisers for the museum project and, ultimately, through a ground-breaking ceremony.

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Museum group says thanks

The Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum Committee appeared before Pulaski Town Council Tuesday night to express gratitude for local efforts to salvage and restore museum artifacts and the train station.
Tye Kirkner, representing the committee, thanked town council, firefighters and the many local volunteers who have dedicated their time to preserving salvaged items and restoring the train station.
A mid-November electrical fire heavily damaged the train station, which housed the museum. Some local historical items that were on display in the museum were destroyed in the fire, while other were rescued during the fire or salvaged after it was extinguished.
As for town, the committee expressed appreciation to the council for allowing town staff to assist with the salvage and restoration.
“We recognize the efforts by this council to allow numerous employees to assist in all phases of the on-going restoration project and are truly thankful,” Kirkner said.
“As we review the saved items from the museum, we are also reminded of the actions of the emergency personnel that at times risked their health in saving the building and its contents.”
He said the committee also wishes to extend its gratitude to “the numerous employees and volunteers that collected and pampered the displays of our museum.”
He continued, “There are so many people and organizations to thank that we are sure we would miss many if we tried to compile a complete list of the contributors to the effort.”
Kirkner said the museum committee continues to be excited about building the new museum.
“Through the efforts of the town staff, we are proceeding with the permitting and design phases of the project and are looking forward as we establish new schedules for bid and award of the project.”
Prior to the fire, town council voted to construct a separate building adjacent to the Maple Shade Plaza to house the Ratcliffe Museum, along with Dr. Milton Brockmeyer’s train set and replica of Pulaski.
Kirkner said the committee also is “excited about re-energizing the community” through future fundraisers for the museum project and, ultimately, through a ground-breaking ceremony.

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