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Editor's Voice: The Middletown Story? It's worth showing, telling

Posted 7/23/13

{jcomments on}Used to be you’d have to call and make an appointment to see the collection of Middletown artifacts owned by the Middletown Area Historical Society. There was a lot of intriguing stuff stored in the second floor above the Middletown …

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Editor's Voice: The Middletown Story? It's worth showing, telling


Believe what you want, but it’s the kind of folklore that makes Middletown’s history even richer. Middletown is Dauphin County’s oldest town, and seeing it progress from one era to another, through its collection of historical items, is fascinating.

So the news that the Historical Society plans to display its collection to the public at its new headquarters is exciting. The society is still remodeling the space, in the Downtown Plaza on Brown Street, and it’s not yet decided how many days per week Middletown’s museum of artifacts will be open. Even one day would be an improvement over the previous arrangement at the library.

Kudos to the society for working toward the public display of its collection. More Middletowners – and out-of-towners, we suspect – will see it, enjoy it, learn from it. Not only will it instill some hometown pride, but also will boost the borough’s efforts to become a place for people to visit. The result could be more dynamic than the society’s humble goal.


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