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Let's show them our stuff

Posted 10/7/14

If there's any borough in Dauphin County that could fill a museum with artifacts from its past, it's Middletown. The oldest borough in the county has plenty of stuff collected throughout its history, stuff that until a couple years ago was kept on …

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If there's any borough in Dauphin County that could fill a museum with artifacts from its past, it's Middletown. The oldest borough in the county has plenty of stuff collected throughout its history, stuff that until a couple years ago was kept on the second floor of the Middletown Public Library, displayed to the public by appointment.

It's exciting, and a bit daunting, that Middletown's artifacts could soon be on display in a town museum. Middletown Borough Council voted to transfer the Grosh building on the square, a property it bought about a year ago for $90,000, to the Middletown Area Historical Society, the keepers of the artifacts. The society plans to turn the old two-story house into a museum.

Such a museum not only would be an attraction to borough residents, particularly long-time residents who would remember Middletown's recent past, but also visitors, such as the parents of Penn State Harrisburg students who are visiting their sons and daughters. With hundreds of college students now living in the borough, and just beyond the borough limits in neighboring Lower Swatara Twp., a museum has the potential to attract plenty of guests, and become an even more vital part of the community.

Undertaking such an enterprise provides additional challenges to the society that it previously did not face. Money will be needed to pay for the lights and heat, for example. But volunteers at the society have seemed active and invested in the town, staging several community fund-raisers recently. Undoubtedly they are eager to accept the challenge and willing to be more than just caretakers of the town's history.

Here's hoping it is a resounding success.